Sainz supports McLaren and becomes a “power to consider” in F1 | F1 News – Motorsports

Carlos Sainz Jr. believes that McLaren will be a “power to consider” in F1 and will be able to “steadily implement” under 2022 regulations.

Sainz made his final appearance at McLaren at the finale of the Abu Dhabi season last month and completed a two-year mission with the team prior to his move to Ferrari in the 2021 season.

Since Sainz arrived at McLaren, the team finished 6th in the Constructors’ Championship to 3rd in 2020, with the Spaniards on the podium for the first time in five and a half years at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Sainz and his teammate Lando Norris took another podium last year. The team is making important changes such as switching to the Mercedes power unit in 2021 and planning a new wind tunnel. Securing new investment From a US investment fund in December.

Sainz can be aware of how far the McLaren team has come since it first appeared in the Abu Dhabi test at the end of the 2018 season, and that it is being built to become a frontline force in the near future. He said he could.

“It feels like the team has come a long way since the test in Abu Dhabi at the end of 2018,” Sainz told Autosport.

“The group of people here is as strong as it can get. There is still a bit of a long way to go to continue the car’s performance. We are still losing a second to Mercedes per lap.

“But at the same time, I think the team is very well formed in 2022. This is a major regulatory change and I think the team is ready to embark on.

“The team will have a more concrete and established structure. I think the people here will be more established.

“I think it will be a force to consider in the future.”

Sainz helped McLaren finish third in the Constructors’ Championship in the team’s final race, finishing sixth after teammate Norris.

The two drivers built intimate friendships and friendly partnerships in the spells of teammates, reflecting a positive atmosphere in the broader McLaren team.

Sainz felt that the lack of expectations when joining McLaren contributed to a good atmosphere and immediately made him feel at home.

“Since we started from scratch in 2018, we had no expectations and no one really felt harsh,” Sainz said.

“Rand and I were doing very well, but when we worked with the team, we quickly felt at home, and the group of people there was incredibly motivated and part of McLaren. I was incredibly proud of it.

“They really wanted the team to move forward. Everyone put together all their efforts and the momentum lasted from the first year to the second year.

“It’s easy when it’s been on the rise like the last two years, it keeps gaining momentum, relationships keep improving, and teams keep improving.

“I’m very proud to have been part of that. It’s definitely a memory I’ll bring with me forever in my career.”

– Motorsports

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