Norris sees Sainz as a mentor

Date published: December 29 2019

McLaren

Lando Norris says that Carlos Sainz has been like a mentor to him in the Briton’s rookie season on the grid.

The two McLaren drivers proved to be the team’s most successful pairing in a long time, performing well enough to ensure they finished P4 in the constructors’ championship.

Despite having some close fights, including a tight qualifying battle that ended 11-10 in Norris’s favour, the two enjoyed a good relationship throughout the season.

“Carlos was a good mentor for me. I really don’t want to say that, because then I get the feeling that I am the worse of the two,” Norris told Motorsport.com.

“But I learned a lot from him, probably more than he naturally learned from me through his experience, which is normal.

He may have finished 47 points behind the Spaniard, Norris was at times the quicker McLaren driver, and he puts this down to what he learned from Sainz.

“There are many things that have helped me to do better, that have helped me to beat him in some cases. That is because of what I picked up thanks to him.

“He was very good himself and was open to helping me. I tried to give him the same. I think this was also something good between us last season. He was a good person to learn from.”

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