Norris was ‘depressed plenty of the time’ in F1 debut season


LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – McLaren’s Lando Norris spoke frankly about psychological well being on Monday and admitted he had frequently felt depressed early in his Formula One profession, when he questioned whether or not he was ok.

Norris was the youngest British driver in Formula One historical past when he debuted as a 19-year-old in 2019 however, now 21, has turn out to be a fan favorite in addition to an impressive expertise on observe.

He has been on the rostrum 4 occasions this season, practically taking his first win eventually month’s Russian Grand Prix after ranging from pole place, and is fourth total.

The teenager advised ITV tv’s This Morning programme, nonetheless, that it had been robust at first to cope with the stress.

“Coming into Formula One at 19, there’s a lot of eyes on you. So dealing with all these kind of things, that took its toll on me,” he stated.

“Feeling like, I don’t know what’s next, if this goes wrong, if I don’t go out in the next session and perform, what’s going to happen, what’s the outcome of all of this? Am I going to be in Formula One next year?

“If I’m not, what am I going to do? Because I’m not likely good at many different issues in life.

“So just all of that, and then just feeling depressed a lot of the time that if I have a bad weekend I just think, I’m not good enough and things like that.”

Norris stated social media had added to the stress however working with the group and psychological well being charity Mind, partnered by McLaren, had helped him via.

“I’m in a much better place now. I’m much happier and I can enjoy everything I do,” stated the Briton, whose group mate is Australian Daniel Ricciardo.

Formula One will probably be racing in Turkey on Sunday, which can be World Mental Health Day.

Norris, who has designed a T-shirt for Mind, stated he had realised over the previous three years how a lot he may affect others via his place.

“The one thing that makes me happy is seeing other people smile and making them happy… I kind of realise that the more I can do that, the happier I am and the better it is,” he stated.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, enhancing by Christian Radnedge

FILE PHOTO-Formula One F1 - Russian Grand Prix - Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia - September 26, 2021 McLaren's Lando Norris is seen before the race REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov