Norris unsure if Verstappen friendship could survive as teammates

Norris has been linked to Red Bull, and is friends with Max Verstappen on and off track

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Lando Norris says he is unsure of whether his and Max Verstappen‘s friendship could survive as teammates in Formula 1 amid reports about the pair being part of the same team in the future.

Norris has been linked to the Red Bull seat as Sergio Perez is under pressure to deliver results, with the team’s senior figures proving fond of him.

Verstappen and the British driver are friends off-track as they frequently socialise, play sim-racing together and attend each other’s personal events.

“I have no idea because I’ve not been in that situation,” Norris told the media. “So yeah, I can’t answer it. I’ve always got on with my teammates since I was in karting. I’ve never had any tense moments or bad moments.

“I felt like I’m one of the better teammates who see is unfazed by some of the things I say, or not that I don’t care less but I’m just not as fazed by some of the things that might happen as much as other drivers.”

Recent F1 history has shown the relationship of two friends breaking down as they compete for supremacy as highlighted by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

The Mercedes drivers were childhood friends as they progressed through karting but once they became teammates, their relationship soured as they competed for F1 titles.

However, Norris has had good relationships with all of his teammates and isn’t known for being problematic. His friendships with Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo were particularly popular with fans and so far there are no gremlins with Oscar Piastri, despite the latter being close to his pace.

“I’m happier to have a relationship, getting along with my teammates compared to some other drivers,” Norris added. “For who maybe it’s just like them, and they’re on their own and don’t care about the team as much.

“I’ve always been a driver who’s very much open to getting along and having fun and things because it just makes me enjoy my life more in that way.”

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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