McLaren star Lando Norris hits back at trolls amid social media criticism

McLaren star Lando Norris will not curb his outgoing and fun personality despite critics suggesting his social media life is hindering his performances.

The 20-year-old had an impressive rookie season in Formula One as McLaren surpassed expectations to finish fourth in the constructors standings.

And while Norris showed plenty of pace, he was comprehensively outscored by team-mate Carlos Sainz, which admittedly owed a lot to reliability issues on the Brit’s side.

A lack of maturity and focus has been levelled at Norris and while he admits he needs to play the game when the cameras and on he is not about to change.

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He said: “It won’t my affect my personality at all, I’ll still be who I am I’ll still do everything I do. I’ll still make jokes and do what I do.

“I don’t need to shift my focus – every time I needed to work on thing and focus I did, but things can get portrayed differently from what I’m doing myself.

“A lot of people see me make jokes and therefore they blame my mistakes on me having fun. It looks as if I’m not focused compared to other drivers who don’t post funny videos and they think that is the reasons I’m making mistakes.

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“I don’t want to be portrayed in that way. I’m not going too change a lot, it is just small things and I’ll just make sure I look focused.”

Norris is also confident that the sizeable gap between him and Sainz in the drivers’ standings is not something to worry about.

“We both had bad races last year, missed opportunities and so on,” he added.

“But after reviewing it we think there were a lot more points lost on my side down to reliability and problems with strategy than there were on Carlos’ side.

“But it is not something I’m worried about and I’m not looking back thinking I’ve done terribly. I think once you take into account how everything could’ve, and should’ve gone, it is not as bad as it looks.

“This is a new season. I’ve different ambitions and different things to work on, but ultimately the same goals and I don’t think it’ll affect how we work.”

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