Discussing his growing ability to lead the team off the track as well as on, Lando Norris has said that, while Carlos Sainz was set to leave McLaren for Ferrari, he was still involved in helping the British team plan for the future.
Being a Formula 1 driver isn’t just turning up to a grand prix weekend, strapping yourself into the car to compete in a high-octane race and jetting off to wherever you like before doing it all over again. Meticulous preparation and attention to the smallest of details is required. And to aid that process, a driver’s feedback is essential. It’s a skill that comes with experience, and one that Norris believes he has developed.
"There have been a lot more debriefs and things which have been led more by myself rather than just Carlos," Norris told select members of the press, including RacingNews365.com. "The direction I want the car to be improved in and thinking ahead to the future and obviously there’s a lot more meetings now."
While the 21-year-old admits his former teammate was understandably less involved, he admitted that Sainz, who hopes to create a similar working relationship with Charles Leclerc, still gave some input during the 2020 season.
"Carlos still helped you know and would go, ‘you know, if you want a better car next year, these are things you’ve got to work on’, so it’s not like he was completely out of it." Norris added. "He was doing his job and still helping the team as much as possible but when it comes to more 2021 or 2022 stuff, then obviously you can’t include him as much because he’s leaving for another team."