Norris ready to challenge Ricciardo

17 February 2021 02:15:42 GMTPlus10

Lando Norris is McLaren's junior partner this year but the young Briton insists he will not be overawed by experienced team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Norris and Ricciardo are bidding to bring the glory days back to one of Formula One's great names.

McLaren and Mercedes was a pairing which dominated the sport for almost two decades and combined to give Lewis Hamilton the first of his seven world titles in 2008.

I'm sure he's going to be pushing me and hopefully I'll be pushing him too.

Lando Norris

And with the German engine under the McLaren bonnet once more, big things are expected for a team who managed to finish third in last season's Constructors' Championship in partnership with Renault.

Norris came home ninth in the Drivers' Championship having claimed his first-ever podium in the season opener in Austria.

And now the 21-year-old hopes he can be pushed to new heights by his seasoned team-mate Ricciardo, who has replaced Carlos Sainz in the Woking-based team.

But Norris is also adamant that he can give the Australian seven-time race winner a nudge as well as they gear up for the start of the season in Bahrain next month.

"It's difficult to know what to expect just yet," Norris told Formulaone.com  "I need to wait till we are on track and we do our first shakedown, which is this week. I will already be able to take things away from doing a few laps, learning from him, learning from his feedback.

"I'm sure he's going to be pushing me and hopefully I'll be pushing him too. That's the aim."

McClaren are 41.00 to win this year's Constructors' Championship with Hamilton's Mercedes 1.50 to claim the title for an eighth successive season.

View all Formula 1 betting