Norris expects 'fresh ideas' from Ricciardo to boost McLaren

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Lando Norris says "fresh ideas" from Daniel Ricciardo and the Aussie's experience in winning races will help McLaren move forward this season.

Ricciardo moves to McLaren as a seven-time Grand Prix winner with Red Bull Racing and after two seasons with Renault.

The 31-year-old therefore boasts a wealth of experience, a trait that differs Ricciardo from Carlos Sainz, the man he has replaced at the Woking-based outfit.

Norris believes his new teammate's different characteristics will only provide value to McLaren.

"It's going to be very good," Norris told Motorsport.com. "[Ricciardo] is going to give a different perspective on a lot of things.

"I'm sure some comments are going to be similar to Carlos, because Carlos drove the Renault, and probably a lot of characteristics are similar.

Lando Norris (GBR) McLaren on the grid. 06.12.2020. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 16, Sakhir Grand Pri

"A lot of things Carlos talked about sometimes were when he drove a Renault, things were like this, and the team acted like this and different circumstances.

"A lot of knowledge that drivers have, and something that I learned from Carlos, is knowledge of how he worked with other teams.

"With Daniel, working with Red Bull a bit more and knowing how to win races and how a team wins races and the car he needs for that. I think that's something Carlos doesn't have.

"That'll be very good for when Daniel comes in, giving those fresh ideas and helping the team move forward. I think it's very good."

While Ricciardo's experience and input will benefit McLaren, the Australian driver will also prove a tough rival for Norris.

But the 21-year-old is ready to confront the challenge head on and relishes the opportunity to take on a genuine Grand Prix winner.

"It's nice for me to work with someone different and learn some things," Norris said.

"But also to go up against a driver who has won races and people say is one of the best on the grid, it's a good chance for me to compare myself against him, and just work with him as a race winner."

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