“He's in a team that he's very comfortable in, a lot of things are built up around him, so for anyone, even a Max of a few years ago, to go in against the Max of now is extremely difficult," Norris explained.
"So I don't think it's a question of 'are you scared or not scared?' I don't think I'd ever be scared of going against anyone, but even if you enter a team are you in a position to challenge someone straight away and are comfortable to do that?
"I think it's a no for any driver. It takes time to adapt and it takes time to get into place and if you want to go against the best driver in the world it's not the best thing to do. It's not a smart move to do.”
Norris 'scared to go up against Verstappen'
F1 fans on X (formerly known as Twitter) were not impressed with his reasoning, claiming that despite his protestations, Norris was 'afraid' of joining Red Bull and showing that he could go wheel-to-wheel with the reigning world champion.
Eagled-eyed supporters pointed to previous quotes from Lewis Hamilton where he said he would be happy to race against Verstappen in the same car, while others expressed the opinion that Charles Leclerc would also not back down from the challenge.
What kind of mindset is this?
Lewis Hamilton fought the reining world champion as a rookie, Charles Leclerc raced a world champion at 21. George Russell went up against the best driver in history of F1.
How sad of a Life as an F1 driver he must have if his reason to resign with his current is, that he doesn’t want to face the best driver in the world in the same team. How lucky he was that Alonso retired in 2018, because he wouldn’t have lasted one season against him.
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