McLaren Racing CEO, Zak Brown, has said the team will keep the relationship “healthy” between Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.
Sainz and Norris form one of the most entertaining driver line-ups on and off the track but the dynamic duo will be broken up at the end of the 2020 season when the former heads to Ferrari to replace Sebastian Vettel.
With the 2021 move being decided so early on in the campaign, it has provided the team with an abnormal situation working with a driver who they know is no longer part of their plans come 2021.
But Brown still sees a competitive Sainz/Norris partnership as a “luxury problem” to have…and no prizes for guessing who he may be referring to when suggesting where things “get a little out of control” at other teams.
“Don’t mistake their off-track banter with each other, on the track they are extremely competitive with each other,” Brown told Sky F1.
“Especially in qualifying where it’s about who can go quicker, but I think that’s pushing them both in a very healthy way.
“So we just need to keep it healthy unlike some of the teams up and down the pit lane when every once in a while something gets a little out of control.”
“It’s a luxury problem to have and they have a lot of respect for each other.
“I think on the track we are comfortable that they will give each other the necessary room, but it wouldn’t be the first time team-mates rubbed wheels at some point.”
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Asked if McLaren can continues on their upward trajectory, Brown replied: “Yes, it’s really good, the team has been through so much in the last three or four years.
“Especially in the last three or four months, and it’s good that we have that behind us now.
“Andreas [Seidl, team principal] is doing a fantastic job leading the team, and it’s just good for morale for everyone here and back home at the factory that we are doing well.
“But it’s going to be a tough season so we need to keep our feet on the ground.”