Early in his F1 career, McLaren drivers confessed that they faced several problems as they struggled to cope with the pressure on performance at such a young age.
But after working with both a good external support team and his own McLaren team, the young Briton has put himself in a happy place and is now enjoying the Grand Prix race again.
Some top sports stars hesitate to be so honest about such difficulties, but Norris wasn’t shy to talk about what he experienced.
Recently he talked about the topic of ITV’s popular This Morning program, and he thinks it’s important for him to take that attitude.
He feels that talking about his true feelings can help others who are probably afraid to talk about the problems they are facing.
Regarding the growing awareness of mental health issues, Norris said: And this makes me enjoy everything more and more. You can enjoy your life more.
“You don’t always worry, think, or panic. So the way you feel is very good. And the more you see people say it, the more everyone has. I think you will be more confident that you will have to get help from.
“For me, it helped me a lot, and I know that others can help. I don’t say it just because I want to tell you, but others Say it because you know people are suffering from it.
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02
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“So it’s also a good opportunity to try to help others, and these big athletes saying it aren’t saying it just because they want people to feel sorry for them. I think you understand that too.
“Because we know that we can help young people and people around the world try to feel better as well.”
Norris believes his difficulty was something that other drivers had experienced in his career, but he probably couldn’t be open about it because of his different attitudes at the time.
“I think there are a lot of drivers in the past who felt the same, and athletes who felt the same but didn’t say anything,” he said.
“I don’t know if we’re more open these days or if we’re more willing to say what we’re feeling, some of the young drivers today.
“Still, it’s not everyone. Not all young drivers say their feelings. It’s been said by a few or more athletes these days.”
He added: “But the more people say that, the more people will notice the consequences and actions of others. And social media can affect people’s feelings.”
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