"But [regarding Villeneuve's comments] I don't think so.
"I think the kids are on the track… if you look at the kids on the ski slopes, from small up they have no fears and it is the same with us race drivers, whatever age.
"I am sure as you get a bit older it [fear] creeps in, but the simulators don't make you more or less fearful. I don't agree with that no."
Lando Norris is a leading light for the links between sim-racing and Formula 1 and quickly shot down Villeneuve's claims.
"I don't think it's got anything to do with sim-racing," Norris said. "It's just something he maybe wants to use as an excuse for it.
"Safety is getting much better, especially compared to when he would have been racing. It's not like we completely forget it. We don't go flat out and not care about anything. We still realise what danger is."
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