Lando Norris believes the way he was open as a team-mate with Carlos Sainz meant the Spaniard could create a whole new perspective of himself.
2020 will be their second and final season together though before Sainz departs for Ferrari, and Norris feels he played a part in allowing Sainz to “shine” and secure that move.
Next year Daniel Ricciardo will be Norris’ team-mate, and the Briton says he doesn’t know what to expect until the time arrives.
Speaking to Sky Sports during an Instagram Live interview, Norris said: “It’s hard to know what to expect until you are really there.
“Before 2018, no one really had the same perspective of Carlos until last year. He really shone a lot more and his personality came out a lot more.
“I want to say that was a bit down to me and how open I was as a team-mate but there were never these memes about Carlos in 2018 or before that. In 2019 and 2020 everything exploded a lot more.
“So, from the outside you never really know what to expect, or know much about a driver until you work with them. That was the same for me with Carlos.
“It’s the same with Daniel. Obviously I know Daniel a little bit more than I did Carlos going into the season.
“But there’s still a lot of things I don’t know with how he works and how sneaky he is with things – more behind the scenes kind of stuff. I will find out next year.”
The 2020 season will get underway with the Austrian Grand Prix on July 5.
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