McLaren driver Lando Norris was on 'This Morning' in the UK to talk about mental health and the situations he has faced in his F1 career.
Norris is recognized in the F1 paddock as a happy and smiley person besides a great driver but not everything has been that way for the British driver.
“I guess people, from when they just watch TV, don't realise many things that a driver goes through.”
“And it's a bit of shame, but there are more programmes now where you get to see what the driver is like behind the scenes, and the amount of pressure and stress that they have to cope with.”
Shows like Netflix's DTS have shown many things behind what we see on TV and the pressure many drivers have to deal with.
“Especially at my age, coming into Formula 1 at 19, there's a lot of eyes on you. So, dealing with all these kinds of things, took its toll on me.”
Norris says one of the biggest challenges was in his first F1 season, to show that he deserves to be driving an F1 at a very young age put a big pressure on him.
“[It was] feeling like I don't know what's next?”
“If this goes wrong, if I don't go out in the next session and perform, what's going to happen?”
“What's the outcome of all of this? Am I going to be in Formula 1 next year, if I'm not? What am I going to do because I'm not really good at many other things in life?”
“So, just all of that, and then just feeling depressed a lot of the time that if I have a bad weekend, I just think I'm not good enough and things like that.”
Nowadays one of the biggest things drivers have to face is social media where many comments are made about what happens through the season.
“When they start adding up over the season, and then the social media side of it all, that can just really start to hurt you.”
Norris also talked about Mind, a mental health charity:
“We partner with Mind, which have helped me massively, and also helped many other people in McLaren, but also just in the world in general.”
“So speaking to McLaren, speaking to the people that are around me and my friends that I trust, and, also Mind, I'm in a much better place now. I’m much happier and I can enjoy everything I do.”
The young Brit also talked a little about about the expectations McLaren have in the upcoming races:
“There's obviously a lot of expectation on us at the moment because of Monza, where we had a 1-2, and last weekend I had pole position and almost won the race.”
“So a lot of people are expecting amazing things. But we have to limit them in a way because we're still realistically not as quick as Mercedes and Red Bull, which are the leading two teams at the moment.”
"We still have a lot of work to do but every race is an opportunity.”
Remember that is always ok to ask for help, mind.org.uk has a lot of tools to help you.