Sainz feels "powerful" in McLaren team leader role

Carlos Sainz says it feels ‘powerful’ rather than daunting to know that McLaren will be relying on him to help lead the team in the 2019 Formula 1 season.

Sainz feels "powerful" in McLaren team leader role

With the Spaniard having much more experience than rookie teammate Lando Norris, Sainz knows that the outfit will be relying more him to help give it direction.

But rather than be wary about the extra responsibility he will have next year, he says it is exciting and empowering for him.

“It feels good, it feels in a way powerful,” he said, when asked by Motorsport.com about if he felt daunted by the new role.

“I'm definitely going to arrive at McLaren in my fifth year in Formula 1. I've gone through two teams, and I still have that World Series championship fresh in my mind.

“So I'm going in with that confidence and a lot of knowledge. When you work for two different teams, with very different characteristics of car balance, of set-up, like it was at Toro Rosso and Renault, I think I've been at the two extremes of car balance

“Because of that I'm going to that team with a lot of knowledge and wanting to also lead, and follow a direction with them that is hopefully a good one.”

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Sainz had a challenging time at Renault this season as he battled to overcome an instability issue that dogged him in qualifying.

But although he ultimately never found a cure, he thinks the efforts he went through in experimenting with setup have helped him broaden his car understanding.

“I’ve learned a lot,” said the Spaniard. “I've gone very different routes on set-ups to try and optimise this [2018] car. So also this year, I've been caught out in races while trying to experiment to try and find something extra on the car.

“So it has been a big learning year for me in that way, because I've been really focused in trying to improve the car I have. 

"I think I've done a lot of progress in that sense also. It's going be a good experience for me and for McLaren in the future.”

Carlos Sainz Jr., McLaren at the Abu Dhabi Testing

Carlos Sainz Jr., McLaren at the Abu Dhabi Testing

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