Cape Town - Ahead of his debut F1 campaign, Lando Norris believes he has
learned a lot from watching what Fernando Alonso does different to Stoffel
Next season McLaren will feature an all-new line up after
Alonso opted to retire from Formula 1 racing while Vandoorne was given the boot
after a disappointing season.
Instead rookie driver Norris will contest his first F1
season, racing alongside Carlos Sainz.
The British racer is already well entrenched at McLaren having
spent 2018 filling the role of test and reserve driver.
Attending grands prix weekends with McLaren, he got to know
Alonso and learned how the double World Champion operates.
"I rate him as a very good driver," he told
"I raced with him at Daytona, I’ve watched him race
obviously in all these Formula 1 races.
"We’ve done a lot of things together, we get along
"He’s a really nice guy and I think it’s good for me to
see how much effort, how much work he puts into every race weekend.
"What things he does differently to Stoffel and Stoffel
does differently to Fernando and work out all the good things about any driver.
"So there’s a lot of things I’ve learned from Fernando.
"I got to know him at a much earlier point in my career
than any other driver.
"[I’ve seen] what he does, how he acts, how he does
"He’s the first guy I’ve always looked up to within
Formula 1, mainly because of joining McLaren and getting to know him a bit