Lando Norris has revealed that he is working with a mind coach to fight confidence problems that have plagued his career.
The Briton is competing in his maiden Formula 1 season this year, after finishing the 2018 Formula 2 campaign in second place.
Norris has impressed so far in 2019, scoring a sixth-place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix in March. Ahead of his rookie season, the 19-year-old stated that he didn't know how he would perform.
"If I look back at Australia and then going into Bahrain, how nervous I was going into Australia, and how in some ways scared I was of what was going to happen... I didn’t know what was going to happen, basically,” Norris said.
“I didn’t know if I was going to do a good job or a bad job. I didn’t have a lot of confidence in myself. But doing as well as I did in Australia, and obviously not just doing well, but from other people.
"From the bosses, from the engineers, from whoever - having them say 'well done' and 'good job', obviously brings a lot of confidence.”
Norris thinks that McLaren has gone out of its way to help him improve inside the car and grow comfortable in Formula 1.
“I think they’ve gone out of their way this year,” Norris said. “From what I’ve seen, it seems like they’ve put more work into trying to help me as a driver, or the drivers to be in a better situation going into every race.
“Having the support from everyone, the bosses, whoever within the team, definitely makes it much easier for me as a driver.”
Norris says that suffering from a lack of confidence has been a common theme in recent years, but is seeing a professional to help him cope with the altering situations.
"I think a bit of it is not having the most confidence in myself, just in general. It’s just something I kind of struggled with, not in every season, but Formula 1 mainly and in F2. A bit in F3. Just in general, it’s something I suffered with at the beginning of a season.
“It’s something I've worked on. I have someone I see to help with those situations, to put myself in a better place. So it’s definitely something I’ve already worked on and will continue to work on."