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Sainz confident Key will perform at McLaren

  • Published on 08 Oct 2019 16:26
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  • By: Dieter Rencken & Fergal Walsh

Carlos Sainz is confident that James Key will have a strong influence at McLaren in the coming years as he grows within the team.

Key started work at the Woking squad as its technical director after the Australian Grand Prix earlier this year, joining from Toro Rosso were he spent over six years. 

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Sainz operated with Key at the Red Bull junior squad when he raced at the team from 2015 to near the end of the 2017 campaign, with the Spaniard admitting that he already knows Key well following both of their arrivals at the Woking squad this year.

"I had a meeting with him in Singapore, we were chatting a lot about next year, and this year's car," Sainz said. "I shared some opinion on all the cars that I've driven in Formula 1, his cars, the Renault and this McLaren.

"I honestly enjoy it a lot with James, he is doing a great job. Obviously time will tell, but I think he is going to do a good job at McLaren.

"He knows [what I like] and I know him very well by now. We worked three years together at Toro Rosso, quite a lot of time. 

"I find him very easy going and very straightforward, so up until now, it's working well. It is [exciting] when you meet friends and colleagues in a new team, it's a whole new experience. 

"An experienced driver driving to help the team as much as possible, him being the new technical director trying to help the team is actually a nice challenge that I'm enjoying."

McLaren currently sits fourth in the constructors' championship and is on course for its highest standings finish since the 2012 season, when it finished third.

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  • Well, he does have a KEY role there...

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    • Oct 8 2019 - 21:38
    • Kean

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      Oh No You Didn't!

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      • Oct 8 2019 - 21:55
  • Kean

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    Being a McLaren fan since my introduction to F1 it is natural that I'm wishing Key, Seidl et al will work wonders. However, seeing as this PU formula is here to stay, I'm also keeping my fingers and toes crossed for McLaren so that we can see a team win that isn't a factory team. I don't have high hopes for Renault being able to fight at the front, so I'll just say that come 2021 I really don't want to see just Merc, Ferrari, RB-Honda at the front.

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    • Oct 8 2019 - 22:01
    • Well I'd say that this being a PU formula should mean that McLaren can truly compete in 2021. My reasoning is that if Red Bull had a Mercedes PU instead of a Honda, they'd probably would have fought for the championship the last couple of years... instead of watching Seb spin his way out of contention repeatedly

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      • Oct 9 2019 - 09:44
    • Kean

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      I agree, so let’s hope Key builds a car that rivals that of RBR

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      • Oct 9 2019 - 12:08
  • Mclaren has improved their chassis to be on par with the top 3 if not the top 4. Key should be able to improve upon that, and with upcoming reinforcements from the new tunnel, Mclaren should be able to come into the wins. A constructors however might be far fetched to imagine being a customer.

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    • Oct 9 2019 - 18:39

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