Lando Norris has spoken about his relationship with the former McLaren teammate Carlos Sainz.
Sainz was Norris’ first teammate in Formula 1 when the Briton made his debut in 2019. They had great chemistry and were one of the most popular driver pairs on the grid.
However, Sainz left McLaren to join Ferrari ahead of the 2021 season and former teammates were in rival teams. At the same time, Norris admitted that the past season had not affected their relationship much.
“We still speak to each other every now and then,” he said.
“I guess maybe not as often or as closely as we were [in the] past couple of years. But no, we’re still mates, we still got along.
“As much as the rivalry’s probably increased, and he wants to beat me and I want to beat him, and [the] teams want to beat each other, we still just have a lot of respect for each other and who we are as drivers and so on.
“So I don’t think that takes anything away from who we are, no matter what team we’re in.”