WATCH: Fernando Alonso Takes On Lando Norris & Carlos Sainz in a Friendly Game of Paddle in Bahrain

Published 03/14/2022, 2:00 AM EDT

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Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz share a wonderful bond and happen to be fan favorites. While both of them were together in McLaren, Sainz shifted to Ferrari after 2 years with the team. The Spaniard now has Charles Leclerc as his teammate while Norris paired up with Daniel Ricciardo.

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Fans recently saw Sainz and Norris playing paddle together. In a recent story posted by Fernando Alonso, Norris and Sainz could be seen pairing up against him.

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Lando Norris found a friend in Carlos Sainz

Norris joined McLaren as a rookie back in 2019 while the British team was not in the best form. He found a supportive teammate and friend in Carlos Sainz. Despite a significant age gap between the two drivers, they seemed to get along exceptionally well. It took little time for “Carlando” to rule the hearts of Formula One fans.

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The two incredibly likable and charming drivers brought a new spirit to the team. In 2019, the struggling McLaren sat fourth in the Constructors. Moreover, they’ve also been part of some hilarious challenges and are responsible for some of the funniest moments in F1.

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Fernando Alonso vs “Carlando”

True friendships like these are very rare in a brutal sport like F1. Despite being in separate teams, “Carlando” always manages to catch up with each other. Needless to say, this is very heartwarming for fans, who recently got a glimpse of the two playing paddle. Two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso teamed up with someone else, while Lando-Carlos were playing against him.

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Both the drivers are avid lovers of golf and have played together on various occasions. While explaining the difference between his new and old partner, Lando once revealed, “[Daniel and I] still get on well, we still have good laughs, we’re still good mates and everything,”

But one simple thing is our interests away from the circuit are very different; he’s more into making wines and clothing and things and I’m more into golf and Esports and those kinds of things, which Carlos was a bit more into,”

“So [Carlos and I would] play golf every now and then and get on the sim and race each other and those kind of things. One simple thing of becoming better mates is spending time together and enjoying yourself – and playing golf was one of those things that made a lot of things better.” He further added.

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We await the season opener in Bahrain on March 20. While it was good to catch up with “Carlando”, we will soon see them tussle for the Championship title on the tracks. But surely nothing can spoil their beautiful bond, right?

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.
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