Carlando v Dalando: Lando Norris Takes His Pick of Iconic F1 Bromances With McLaren Teammates Daniel Ricciardo & Carlos Sainz

Published 08/25/2022, 11:14 AM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 26: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 and Carlos Sainz of Spain and McLaren F1 talk in a press conference during Day One of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 26, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Lando Norris will soon share the McLaren garage with a new teammate, his third in his Formula 1 career. The first two were Carlos Sainz and then Daniel Ricciardo and soon it will be Oscar Piastri. As we’re all aware, Norris formed an unbreakable bond with both his teammates so far.

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However, the dynamic with the new teammate might differ, as Norris will try to maintain his team standing and Piastri will showcase his mettle. Although before we speculate on the future, let’s take a quick look at the past and how Norris defines his relationship with both his teammates.

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The first McLaren teammate Norris talks about is his first teammate in the premier class Carlos Sainz. Before moving to Ferrari, the Spaniard developed a great relationship with the Brit. Norris and Sainz were both direct competitors, unlike his relationship with Ricciardo, as the Australian was much more experienced.

Norris elaborates on his relationship with Sainz on Beyond the Grid, the official F1 podcast. He said, “Between Carlos and myself, we both have a lot more interests in common, whether that was golf or sim racing. A lot of what we wanted to do away from Formula 1 or even in Formula 1 was similar, so we were competitive in basically everything we did in our lives.”

“We live here (Monaco). We go for dinner sometimes, not like romantic ones, but yeah. So we kind of just grew up a little bit more together, in a way. He taught me many things because I was at that point in my career,” he adds.

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The interviewer jokingly points out CarLando as a thing more than DarLando. Norris agrees to that but also defends his relationship with Ricciardo.

Lando Norris discusses his relationship with Daniel Ricciardo

Norris also discusses the outgoing Daniel Ricciardo. The Brit is a massive golf fan, and Ricciardo isn’t. In terms of alternate sports, Ricciardo is a huge UFC fan, but again, Norris isn’t. There is an obvious age gap as well. However, despite all the differences, the two are still friends, even off track.

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May 6, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; McLaren driver Lando Norris of Britain talks with a reporter during an interview during preparations for the Miami Grand Prix at Miami International Autodrome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Norris elaborates on his relationship with Ricciardo further. He explains, “I guess we just have different interests. You know we’re different ages. We grew up in different periods of time and we have different interests altogether.”

“He drinks a bottle of wine and stuff like that — and that’s the last thing I can ever want to do in my life is drink wine for enjoyment, because I hate it so much.”

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Both DarLando and CarLando are a thing of the past now, as Norris will head into the new season with a new teammate. Maybe OsLando will also become a term we’ll get familiar with.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

Edited By: Ajinkya Aswale

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