McLaren Racing to stick with Sainz, Norris in 2020
Spanish Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix. EFE-EPA/James Ross/File
Formula 1 driver Lando Norris at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix. EFE-EPA/James Ross/File
Madrid, Jul 9 (efe-epa).- Spain's Carlos Sainz and British driver Lando Norris posted a video Tuesday announcing that they will remain with McLaren Racing for the 2020 Formula 1 season.
The video shows the pair sitting on the hood of a car near what Sainz described as "a random pub in the UK," where the team is based.
Sainz, 24, signed with McLaren from Renault as the replacement for two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, who stepped away from F1 at the end of 2018 to focus on endurance races and the Indy 500.
The Spaniard is in his fifth season in Formula 1.
The 19-year-old Norris, meanwhile, was promoted after placing second in Formula 2 last season. He joined the McLaren Young Driver program in 2017.
Sainz is seventh in the driver standings, one spot ahead of teammate Norris.
Both drivers have posted a pair of sixth-place finishes this season: Sainz in Monaco and France; Norris in Bahrain and Austria.
And thanks to that kind of solid performance, McLaren hold fourth place in the chase for the constructor's trophy, with a substantial lead over Renault.
"I'm delighted we're able to announce our 2020 driver line-up ahead of the team's home race at the British Grand Prix this weekend," McLaren CEO Zak Brown said in a statement.
"Both Carlos and Lando are proving themselves as racers and are integral to our path to recovery," Brown said. "The reception they've received from our fans has been outstanding and they are superb ambassadors for the McLaren brand, personifying our Fearlessly Forward mentality."
The McLaren Racing team director, Andreas Seidl, said the confirmation of Sainz and Norris as next year's drivers "provides the team with the continuity to keep pushing forward."
"Carlos has played a key role in developing the car using his experience, while Lando has got up to speed with the demands of Formula 1 incredibly quickly and is growing in confidence every weekend," Seidl said.
Five-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) leads in the driver standings going into next Sunday's race at Silverstone, where the Briton has hoisted the trophy on five previous occasions.
Hamilton has an advantage of 31 points over Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas, while Dutch driver Max Verstappen (Red Bull) is third, with 40 fewer points than the Finn. EFE