Lando Norris has talked of how the start of the 2021 season has seen his confidence grow after an excellent first half of the season.
Norris, who came into the 2021 season paired up with Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren, has had a superb first half of the season with three podium finishes and ten points finishes in the first eleven races.
The good start to the season that sees Norris lie in 3rd in the driver's championship has given Norris a confidence booster, with the Brit admitting to The Race that the opening half of the season has given him self belief.
“It’s definitely helped a lot, my confidence level through a lot of different scenarios this season has definitely gone up, and it’s been very good for me. Especially after the first couple of races it already took a good step, because I did well in qualifying, I did well in the races, which gave me that big confidence booster.”
“There’s these little things along the way which kind of add to it. OK, I can do this, and I can do that, and I can have that belief in myself and that confidence in myself’.”
Norris believes that his run of excellent form stems from the end of the 2020 season, which saw the Brit score points in the season's final five races.
“I ended the season very well and in a comfortable spot, where I was feeling very good, feeling on top of the car, feeling on top of myself and the team and everything. I don’t think it’s like I’ve just come into this season and then taken a step up. Throughout last season I was just putting it all together, still finding my place and my way to be most confident about myself and the way I drive and things like that.”
“I put it together especially for the last couple of races, and especially in Abu Dhabi. My Abu Dhabi performance was exactly the same as all of my best performances from this season.”