WATCH: Lando Norris and Zak Brown Troll Sainz Over His Embarrassing McLaren Fail

Published 03/19/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 walks in the Paddock during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris helped McLaren to a P3 finish last season. The Spaniard moved on to join Ferrari for 2021. Meanwhile, at the McLaren garage, the team was discussing Carlos Sainz’s spin during his early days at McLaren.

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In the recent video of McLaren unboxing that covers the testing weekend at the Bahrain circuit. Lando explained how Sainz spun in his new car in front of the McLaren garage. Meanwhile, team boss, Zak Brown, reminded the young Briton of one of his incidents in the garage.

Lando Norris was laughing as he explained the scenario to Zak Brown, “He spun in the pitlane. Spun in front of the other team, drove the wrong way. I think I have it on camera.”

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“It was almost as good as your bike stunt in the garage,” Zak Brown recalled one of Lando’s shenanigans from the past and the McLaren driver immediately replied, “I’ve never taken a bike in the garage since then.”

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McLaren have turned to Mercedes and renewed their partnership with the Brackley- based outfit after 2014. They impressed everyone during the pre-season testing this season, prompting Lando to declare that their partnership was coming together really well.

“I think altogether it’s been a smooth operation with Mercedes power so far. I think we’re happy with how things have gone.

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

“The bit for me is understand all the new switches and ways of working that they have – that’s one of the biggest things to get used to – and on the whole it’s that little step forward in a lot of areas,” explained the young Briton.

The Woking-based outfit caught everyone’s eyes last weekend. However, the season seldom mirrors what we see during the pre-season testing. McLaren will still have to work and ensure that the new power unit is working with their cars.

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The team will hope to reclaim the P3 position and close the gap between them and the team at P2. Do you think Lando Norris will make the most of this new partnership and help the team and himself climb the championship standings?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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