user icon

Sainz: McLaren comparing itself to frontrunners, not midfield

  • Published on 04 May 2019 11:29
  • comments 3
  • By: Richard Fletcher

Carlos Sainz says that McLaren is not looking to compare their race pace with their midfield rivals, and that in order to improve the team must compare themselves with the frontrunning teams of Mercedes and Ferrari.

Having just achieved McLaren's first double points finish of 2019 with Sainz in seventh and Norris in eighth place, Sainz acknowledges that the team still have work to do.

"Pretty much in every area, I think we need to improve. Because we look at Mercedes, we see where they are, we look at Ferrari, and then you look at the data and you see that every area of the car needs to be improved." 

Sainz added: "If we compare ourselves against the midfield, then we only need to improve in little areas to come on top. But we are not comparing ourselves against that. We are comparing ourselves to a car that is a second quicker at the moment than us.

McLaren currently sit 4th in the constructor's championship with 18 points, a long way behind first placed Mercedes with 173. McLaren has won the constructor's championship 8 times in the past, with 12 drivers' championship's to their name.

In Baku, Sainz managed his first points finish of the season after reliability issues and accidents compromised his previous races: "On a personal level, this one is a bit of a relief after three races where I had exactly the same pace.

"I had it, but just for a reason that I still don't understand three consecutive runs of bad luck happened to us. We finally didn't have any issues and we just demonstrated what we are capable of doing." 

Replies (3)

Login to reply
  • Biggs7

    Posts: 38

    For sure I totally agree I think McLaren has a very good chassis they will be definitely up there by next year and maybe over take RB if Honda doesn't improve.

    • + 0
    • May 4 2019 - 12:05
    • I really hope this recovery is real. Both Lando and Carlos have enough talent to be on a winning team.

      • + 0
      • May 4 2019 - 22:16
  • I think this shows that they definitely have the right attitude over at McLaren. if you're only gauging yourself against the midfield you're never going to take on the frontrunners.

    • + 0
    • May 5 2019 - 16:11
SM1
SM2

JP Grand Prix of Japan

Local time 

View more photos

JP Grand Prix of Japan

Local time 

View more photos


Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Is Charles Leclerc the new number 1 driver at Ferrari?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings


Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
-
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
-
Spain
23 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar