Jul 02, 2019/ 15:15
Jul 02, 2019/ 15:15
On Saturday 12th January, visitors to Autosport International were welcomed by McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz, who set open the show at Birmingham’s NEC.
McLaren Formula 1 2019 drivers to opened the pre-season motorsport show on Saturday 12th January
Rookie Lando Norris joined the annual event by new team-mate Carlos Sainz
The duo joined the jam-packed interview schedule on the Autosport Stage
Norris, who became the youngest winner of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2017, finished second in last year’s FIA Formula 2 Championship and won the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award in 2016. After continuing to make his mark as a test and reserve driver for McLaren over the past two seasons, he is stepping up to Formula 1 for 2019.
With him on the grid was Carlos Sainz, who joined McLaren from Renault having also previously raced with Scuderia Toro Rosso. This was Sainz’s fifth season in Formula 1, after joining the series in 2015 following his championship win in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.
In addition to opening the show, McLaren’s new line-up of drivers took part in interviews on the Autosport Stage to discuss their respective careers to-date and share their thoughts on the upcoming season.
Andrew Van de Burgt, Editor-in-Chief of Autosport Media UK, said: “It’s a privilege to have both Carlos and Lando confirmed for the show in January. The young F1 stars are sure to be popular show openers, whose anecdotes shared on stage will be thoroughly entertaining for those in attendance.”
The attendance of two of the stars of F1 added to the great line-up for motorsport fans on “Super Saturday”. With the launch of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship also taking place, all the drivers, co-drivers and team principals will be in attendance to take to the Autosport Stage and unveil their challengers for the new season at the time.
Autosport International is part of Motorsport Network’s flagship title, Autosport – one of the leading print and online motorsport titles. Motorsport Network is the world’s largest independent automotive and motorsport-related digital platform, connecting millions of people who love motorsport and cars. The network also creates key industry events including the annual Autosport Awards and the Motorsport Business Leaders’ Forum.
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