“I’m willing to keep having in the future”- Carlos Sainz hopes to repeat the special relationship with Charles Leclerc as he had with Lando Norris.
Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris off-track appearances were the most wholesome experiences for the fans, and in reality, they genuinely had a strong bond.
This partnership eventually helped McLaren to have a strong ensemble, which eventually elevated their position in the table last year. Therefore, Sainz hopes to find the same kind of relationship with his new teammate Charles Leclerc at Ferrari.
“It makes it difficult in one way, because [Norris] is also very fast, and very easy-going, so you need to handle the two things,” Sainz told Autosport.
“But it’s also delightful to have someone who after qualifying or a race, you are either happy or sad because he has beaten you or you have beaten him, but still coming to the race with a fully open mind, not trying to hide anything from anyone.
“You are sincere and honest to your opposition, to your team-mate, shaking his hand to congratulate him and recognise the job he has done and vice-versa.
“It’s something that I think is a special relationship and something that I’m willing to keep having in the future. It makes the working environment and the team a lot less under pressure.
“It just makes everyone’s life a lot easier, and the team can move forward a lot quicker and in a better way.”
Forming plans with Charles Leclerc for 2021
When talking about Leclerc, Sainz admitted that he is already talking about his future partnership with him. Both are set to appear for Ferrari in an on-track event for the first time together at Fiorina this week.
“I would lie if I said I’ve not talked to Charles,” Sainz said. “Of course I have. Of course, I am paying attention to what happens over there, and asking him questions now and then.
“Until you get inside the team, it’s difficult to really understand and really tricky to know what is going on. My relationship with Charles actually is perfect. I expect to get on well with him in the future.”