'If I Suck Tell me I Suck': Norris's Highlights Importance Of 'Brutal Honest Truth'

by Adam OndrikThursday, 18 January 2024 at 19:00
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Lando Norris underlined the importance of "brutal, honest truth" in communication within his McLaren team.
Last year has been the best in the career of the 24-year-old McLaren F1 driver. Lando Norris achieved seven podiums, six of which were second place.
Throughout the season, Norris went from competing at the back of the grid to competing for first place against Max Verstappen. Asked about his biggest learnings from last year, the Brit told McLaren's official website:

"There's a lot of things that I've learned from a driving perspective and teamwork perspective. For example, even more openness, I think we put quite a bit of effort in as a team in this area."

Norris showed his openness even towards the media during a couple of post-qualifying or post-race interviews when he criticized his own performances with words like: "I’m so s**t sometimes."
The 24-year-old explained he has always been super-critical of his own performances. Consequently, he expects very open communication with his team as well.

"When working with my engineers, in terms of being very open with one another, that is not something new or something I have only just learned, it is something I have always done and continue to do."

While he has shown immense potential throughout the most recent season, Norris still lacked some consistency and made a few crucial mistakes, mainly in qualifying sessions.
He suggested he doesn't want anybody from his team to sugarcoat their opinions. The McLaren driver expects brutal, honest truth. He added:

"I just prefer the honest truth. I would rather have the brutal, honest truth. If I suck, tell me I suck. If I’m good, tell me I’m good. It is not always easy to do, but it is very important, and we will continue to do this to teach and help other people."