Formula 1
Formula 1
R
Australian GP
12 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
45 days
19 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
52 days
02 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
66 days
16 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
80 days
30 Apr
-
03 May
Next event in
94 days
07 May
-
10 May
Next event in
101 days
21 May
-
24 May
Next event in
115 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
129 days
11 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
136 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
150 days
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
157 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
171 days
R
Hungarian GP
30 Jul
-
02 Aug
Next event in
185 days
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
213 days
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
220 days
R
Singapore GP
17 Sep
-
20 Sep
Next event in
234 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
241 days
08 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
255 days
R
United States GP
22 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
269 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
276 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
290 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
Next event in
304 days

Sainz relishing McLaren continuity after "weird" end at Renault

shares
comments
Sainz relishing McLaren continuity after "weird" end at Renault
By:
Nov 22, 2019, 12:50 PM

Carlos Sainz says helping develop McLaren's 2020 Formula 1 car is better than the "quite weird" feeling of racing for Renault last year when he knew was leaving.

Sainz is nearing the end of his first year with McLaren after signing a two-year deal to join the team for 2019.

He was ousted at Renault after just one full season, which makes 2019/20 the first time Sainz has been a key part of a team's transition process since he was with Toro Rosso in 2016/17.

Asked by Motorsport.com about the significance of developing McLaren's car for next year knowing it will be for his benefit, Sainz said: "Yeah, that probably also made the second half of the season with Renault quite weird.

"I was kind of looking forward to joining McLaren in that way, with a two-year deal. I'm a strong believer that the more time a driver spends in one team, the faster that driver becomes with that car.

"That's a rule that you can see pretty much in every team. You can see it with Max [Verstappen] in Red Bull, that for the longer he's been in Red Bull he's just been stronger and stronger, Lewis [Hamilton] with Mercedes he's been stronger and stronger every year.

"Checo [Sergio Perez] in Racing Point, a more midfield example, that guy knows that Racing Point and that team very well and that helps them execute very strong race weekends.

"I was looking forward to having this in McLaren, and we are already working on the simulator on next year's car, already developing every weekend and giving ideas to the factory to what do we need for next year's car.

"Hopefully that will have an impact on next year, the way we drive the car and what we need is very simple. It makes sense as a driver to develop a car for a couple of years."

Read Also:

Sainz joined McLaren after an uncompetitive season but the British team has had an impressive turnaround and secured fourth place in the constructors' championship in Brazil.

The Spaniard has admitted he expected a tougher first season with the team, but has been boosted by McLaren's off-track efforts as well its strong on-track form.

Sainz said: "My self-confidence and the confidence within the team, and their work approach that we have this year, I've been more [focused on] the mid-term project, not so much the short-term and having to perform like I was having to do in Toro Rosso and Renault.

"That helped me also to combat those couple of difficult moments in the year, to be a lot more relaxed about it because it was not so much of a rush to prove myself.

"I always have a rush to get good results obviously, but thanks to that mid-term project and the way we're handling the year and everything, I thought it was easier to overcome them."

Next article
How F1 wasted months on a product it may never use

Previous article

How F1 wasted months on a product it may never use

Next article

Ricciardo welcomes Toro Rosso pressure in F1 finale

Ricciardo welcomes Toro Rosso pressure in F1 finale
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. Shop Now
Teams McLaren Shop Now
Author Scott Mitchell