After back-to-back P6 finishes in the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship, it’s time for Carlos Sainz Jr. to say goodbye to McLaren.
Since the move from his Renault drive at the completion of the 2018 Formula 1 season, Carlos Sainz Jr.’s stock has risen considerably across the paddock.
Now known for his consistency, reliability and speed. Sainz caught the attention of Ferrari during his maiden 2019 campaign with McLaren. With the Maranello-based team now securing Sainz’s services for the immediate future.
And while this may be the end of his tenure with McLaren, Sainz had only positives to say at the completion of the season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“A great day for the whole team. I think we managed to put together a very strong weekend from the beginning to the end,” Sainz said. “We managed to remain focused, solid and bring home this P3 in the Championship with a very well-executed race from everyone.
“From my side, it wasn’t the most exciting race. I kept it clean, I made a couple of moves in the middle of the race and managed to finish back in P6, so happy with that. I’m also very happy with finishing P6 in the Championship for the second time with McLaren. I think the last seven, eight races of the year, where things went a bit more our way, I was able to show the pace that we’ve had all season. For me it just shows that, whatever happens, you need to keep pushing and believing in what you are doing.
“I cannot be more grateful to each and every member of the team for these two great years, both at the racetrack and back at the factory. I take with me the best of memories. It’s been an honour to help the team as much as I could and get McLaren closer to where it belongs. I look forward to battling you guys next year! All the best.”
It goes without saying that McLaren’s signing of the Spaniard during its reboot year of 2019 was one that has propelled them to where the team is today.
Without the input and performance from Sainz, along with his assistance in developing the car and mentorship of teammate Lando Norris, I very much doubt the team would have climbed the constructors’ standings to the point that they have.