Despite his harsh truth about Russell’s personality shift since moving to Mercedes, Norris has sympathised with his long-time pal due to the pressure of driving under Toto Wolff as Hamilton’s rookie teammate. And he made sure to praise Russell for his efforts in a challenging first season with the Silver Arrows, in which he’s earned the label ‘Mr Consistent’ for getting the most of the team’s troublesome package.
“I don’t think it is Mercedes’ fault,” Norris added. “But the pressure of being with Mercedes, and having Lewis [Hamilton] as a teammate, is never going to be an easy thing. You don’t want to be seen to be having a fun time and playing around, but on the other side, there are no complaints because George is doing an amazing job this year, so it is working for him.”