McLaren driver Lando Norris is confident new teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, will provide a different perspective for the team. Bringing his race winning knowledge and experience to the table.
Sainz helped steer McLaren in the right direction during what has been somewhat of a rebuild for the team. While at the same time, providing guidance and mentorship to Norris during his rookie year.
The friendship the two experienced on and off the grid appeared to be one of the strongest in the paddock. And, since Sainz’s departure to Ferrari, there has been much talk of what the relationship between Norris and Daniel Ricciardo will be.
Both driver’s as well as McLaren have openly said that they’re confident the new teammate’s will share a good relationship. However, don’t expect it to be the same as it was with Sainz.
However, while speaking with autosport.com, Norris did discuss some of the similarities between his former and current teammates. With an emphasis on Ricciardo’s knowledge of winning races both from a car and team perspective. Something which Sainz is yet to experience.
“It’s going to be very good,” Norris said. “[Ricciardo] is going to give a different perspective on a lot of things. I’m sure some comments are going to be similar to Carlos, because Carlos drove the Renault, and probably a lot of characteristics are similar.
“A lot of things Carlos talked about sometimes were when he drove a Renault, things were like this, and the team acted like this and different circumstances. A lot of knowledge that drivers have, and something that I learned from Carlos, is knowledge of how he worked with other teams.
“With Daniel, working with Red Bull a bit more and knowing how to win races and how a team wins races and the car he needs for that. I think that’s something Carlos doesn’t have.
“That’ll be very good for when Daniel comes in, giving those fresh ideas and helping the team move forward. I think it’s very good.”
Race winner vs. young talent
Norris flourished with his two seasons alongside Sainz. With a big jump experienced by the young Brit during 2020. Norris’ first podium would come down to his driver development. Which included being more aggressive on both defence and offense.
But while Norris’ skills have seen improvement from year-to-year, he is still quite young in F1 terms. With only two full seasons under his belt. Working with a driver of Ricciardo’s experience will only be of further benefit.
“It’s nice for me to work with someone different and learn some things,” Norris said.
“But also to go up against a driver who has won races and people say is one of the best on the grid, it’s a good chance for me to compare myself against him, and just work with him as a race winner.”