Norris, who currently sits fourth in this year’s championship, has shown he’s fast becoming a real threat on the grid. That’s good news for McLaren, but Seidl says the 21-year-old has also exhibited incredible growth off-track.
“As impressive is the step he’s taken as a person, it’s clear to see that’s he’s growing up. He’s more serious than he has been before in executing his job here… he’s clearly voicing more what he needs from the team in order for the car to perform,” said Seidl.
“It’s clear that if he wants to become a top driver in Formula 1® then he needs to take these steps now in his early years and with everything we have seen from him, first of all, I’m very happy we have him with us for several more years and also very optimistic and confident he will become a top guy in Formula 1,” he continued.
Whilst the critics have been quick to dismiss Norris’s McLaren teammate Ricciardo, Seidl says that this is all part of the process.
“At the end, the most important thing for me is that we stay calm and keep going with the integration process. It is a quiet complex to change teams in Formula 1®, especially with reduced testing time... It simply takes time."
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