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Carlos Sainz Unapologetically Ditches Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc to Find a New “Workout Teammate”

Published 01/08/2023, 8:20 AM EST

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Carlos Sainz is moving into his 3rd season for his dream team in Maranello. After a mixed bag of results in 2022, he looks to make amends for the new season this year. The Ferrari driver usually may hang out with his best friend and former teammate Lando Norris during the off-season. Though, as the 2023 pre-season is approaching, Carlos seems to have switched this approach to probably focus on his world championship ambitions.

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As per his latest Instagram post, Sainz revealed to have found a new “workout teammate” for this pre-season. This post has Carlos Sainz warming up alongside Moto GP champion Marc Marquez. The caption of the post reads, “Found a new workout teammate 💪🏼 for the preseason!”

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Apparently, Sainz seems to have ditched his best friend Lando Norris and even his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc in a rather unapologetic manner. The Spaniard may have grown a good bond with Marquez during this off-season as he had hung out with the 6-time Moto GP champion.


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The Spanish motorsport duo appeared in a joint interview for Estrella Galicia 0,0. Both Sainz and Marquez have been discussing several things with each other recently including the FIFA World Cup.

Nonetheless, Leclerc and Norris may do some banter about this with Sainz during the F1 season. Though for now, Carlos shall prepare with Marc in top spirit to get ready for each of their seasons.

This ain’t the first time Sainz may have ditched Leclerc, as Charles recently revealed about Carlos’s denial of a food treat during an activity. Nonetheless, Sainz has to fight Leclerc for the 2023 title keeping their friendly relations aside. Likewise, Marquez is also looking to make a comeback after his 2022 injury.

Carlos Sainz and Marc Marquez aim at Winning their 2023 World Championships

Carlos Sainz and Marc Marquez are both quite experienced now in their respective motorsport series. Though, the only difference between the Spaniard duo is that Sainz is yet to be a world champion, while Marquez is already a 6-time world champion.

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Regardless, both of them are aiming to win their respective 2023 world titles. In Sainz’s case; he has to take a big step forward to get Ferrari to the world championship crown. He also has got Charles Leclerc who is the Scuderia’s prime challenger for the title. Thus, it won’t be easy for Carlos to get his maiden championship in 2023.


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On the other hand, Marquez looks to redeem himself in 2023 after his horrific crash last season. The crash saw him out of the season for a while. The 6-time champion has recovered well and looks to make a comeback to the top in Moto GP.


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Despite being at a different stage of his career, success-wise, Marc resonates with how Carlos is coping in F1. The duo discussed their expectations and goals for their respective upcoming seasons at length at the Estrella Galicia interview last month.


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Sainz would really want to maximize his time with Marquez during the pre-season. If he can get some valuable insights from the Moto GP champ, it can be quite beneficial for Carlos to make the 2023 season a memorable one. Do you think Carlos Sainz and Marc Marquez can take glory in 2023?



Aishwary Gaonkar

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Aishwary Gaonkar is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his postgrad, he has set out to venture into the world of Sports Journalism. He is an ardent fan of F1 and has been following the most prestigious form of motor racing for over a decade now.