Sainz plays down McLaren positivity
McLaren might be sitting in fourth place in the Constructors Championship, but Carlos Sainz claims it "hasn't been straightforward".
The 24-year-old Spanish driver has managed to pick up eight points' finishes in 12 races as he went into the summer break on the back of securing a second consecutive fifth-place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Sainz has picked up 58 points to date and is seventh in the drivers' standings, while his rookie teammate Lando Norris is sitting in a respectable 10th place.
It has been one of the brightest first halves to a season for some time for McLaren with their improving Renault engine, but Sainz feels it has been difficult.
He said: "If you add that my first failure came 10 laps into the first race of the season, then that's part of the unlucky situation and the penalties that I had to take in Austria.
"We managed to recover well with an eighth-place finish."
He added: "It hasn't been an easy, straightforward first half to the season. There has been very little time when we have been the fourth fastest car.
"We've had to make our way through on race days and it has made the season interesting and particularly good on Sundays. But at the same time, I feel like the race team is performing at a very high level, with strategy and preparation.
"I'm performing well on Sundays and so in the end, we keep bringing in points, that's the main thing."
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