Sainz Praises Lando Norris for Clinching Imola Podium With McLaren F1

Published 04/20/2021, 9:01 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during the race REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


The duo of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz will forever be remembered for having one of the healthiest teammate dynamics in Formula One. The two were partners at McLaren for two years. However, even though Sainz drives for Ferrari, their friendship is still going strong, which can be seen in their interactions on-track and off of it as well. The Spaniard even went as far as appreciating Norris’ performance at Imola.

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The young British driver had great pace over the qualifying session on Saturday. Norris was even the second fastest at one point, but his lap time was deleted as he exceeded track limits.

He finished third in the race, making it his second podium since Austria from last season. The McLaren driver hopes to carry this form and bring better results for the team this season.

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Sainz impressed by his former teammate, Lando Norris at Imola

As quoted by RaceFans, Sainz stated, “It looked like this weekend Lando did a very good job of exploiting the whole car potential. He was on it the whole weekend, especially from Saturday onwards. And he did a good race.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after finishing first on the podium with second placed, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and third placed, McLaren’s Lando Norris REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Talking about his former Woking-based team, Sainz added, “I think the McLaren has its strengths and weaknesses. So what makes it like a really nice fight is that we are quick in very different places on the track and it makes it a very fun battle.”

Andreas Seidl showers praise the young driver

The 21-year-old was impressive even at Bahrain when he achieved P4. He certainly made the Woking-based team happy by getting to the podium at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Team principal Andreas Seidl has stated that he is happy with the way Norris has progressed.

Seidl said, “I’m really, really happy for the entire team. Lando is flying at the moment. He’s definitely made the next step as a driver, so just happy for the whole team that he could score this P3 today.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris on the podium during the national anthems after finishing third REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

“You could see already in Bahrain and in the winter that he’d definitely made the next step both as a driver and a guy. He digested last year’s season, together with his engineering team, in the right way.

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“It’s normal also that these young guys make steps, especially in these first years. They have to make it, otherwise they will never make it to the top, but it’s just great how he’s pulling it off. He has the confidence to put the laps in and what he did today again was great,” He concluded.

McLaren currently sit in third place in the constructors’. They hope that they can improve and be even better will be hoping to fight for the title as the season progresses.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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