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Rosberg: Competitive McLaren would break Sainz/Norris relationship

  • Published on 20 Jul 2019 11:17
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

2016 Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg believes that Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris wouldn't get along if McLaren was more competitive.

The 2019 McLaren racers have enjoyed a publicly strong relationship, and have been seen joking and laughing with each other this season.

MORE: McLaren confirms Sainz and Norris for 2020 | Brown praises Norris' lack of errors in 2019

Norris says that the two are good friends, which is something that he has been able to enjoy with most of his teammates during his career.

"I guess you see a lot of stuff on TV where teammates are laughing with each other and everything, but as soon as they go behind closed doors they, like, hate each other,” Norris told Reuters.

“That’s all fake, but I think we’re just good friends. We get along, we have fun. I don’t know if it’s something he’s always had, but it’s definitely something I’ve always had with my team mates 99% of the time.”

Sainz added: “Outside of the track, I think there’s no point in being selfish, in being that kind of teammate. At the moment McLaren is going through a period that if you start being selfish, it’s just not going to help the team.

“The atmosphere we are living in the team right now, the positivity, the momentum, the motivation we all have, I think Lando and I have realized it’s for our own benefit to keep this thing going until hopefully we can make it back to the top. And then we’ll see."

However, Rosberg says that should the team become more competitive, a driver's ego will take control and the level of competition would become too great to maintain a working friendship.

“They are racing for 10th place. If they were racing for a world championship, it would change rapidly, mark my words," Rosberg said.

“You can’t be friends. You can only be friends if there is a clear number one and two. If you have got two guys who are trying to beat each other, it is impossible to be friends.

“You are so ego-driven and within a team, the politics going on are so big. You are fighting for a world championship and there’s so much at stake that unfortunately that becomes more important than friendship."

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  • Not necessarily break, but it would likely sour to some extent.

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    • Jul 20 2019 - 11:51
  • xoya

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    No shit Sherlock. It wouldn't break only if there was a clear no.2 driver

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    • Jul 20 2019 - 20:39
  • There has to have two very strong egos, eclipsing the good of the team for “Breaking” a relationship. I dont see that in Mclaren.

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    • Jul 21 2019 - 01:30
    • Sainz could very well have such an ego should he start grabbing podiums. But Norris to me seems like another Button, as far as I've seen of him Norris oozes sportsmanship. It'd take a lot to push him over that edge, methinks.

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      • Jul 21 2019 - 11:24
  • Mansell

    Posts: 103

    People still care what tossberg thinks,
    You quit on the chair no one cares Nico.

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    • Jul 21 2019 - 19:05
    • Personally, it depends on the driver. Button, for instance, has no official ties left with F1, and he tends to provide fair and detailed points on stuff. I like Rosberg ok, but I feel his ties to Merc' shape his stance, also he mostly seem to reiterate the popular opinions.

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      • Jul 22 2019 - 12:37

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