X

Sunday 24
March

Formula 1

Sainz tipping McLaren fightback

5th January 2019, 13:55 by Neil Foster

Carlos Sainz Jr is confident McLaren will be able to compete for Formula 1 glory in the coming years.

The 24-year-old has made the switch from Renault to McLaren for the 2019 season and penned a two-year deal with the Woking-based marque.

The Spaniard finished 10th in the drivers' standings last year with 53 points while he was ninth the season before when driving for a combination of Toro Rosso and Renault.

McLaren have slipped way down the pecking order in recent years, finishing sixth in the Constructors’ race last year while they have not tasted glory since Mika Hakkinen claimed the spoils in 1998.

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton combined to push McLaren to third in 2012 but they have been down with the also-rans since them.

However, Sainz is adamant that the good times will return and hopes to see progression throughout the year.

"I think I want to see better results than [2018]," he told Motorsport Week. "They also want to see it. Also evolution through the year. It’s a bit of everything.

"McLaren is perfectly capable of that. That’s why I’m going there. I have a lot of trust in them; I have a lot of trust in the second most successful ever F1 team.

"They’ve won, hopefully they will remember how to do it, and little by little in a mid-term project they [will] start going back to the top."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

More Williams

Formula 1

Grosjean confident of Haas challenge

23rd March 2019, 13:42

Romain Grosjean is keen to challenge for podium finishes despite a disappointing start to the Formula 1 season.

Formula 1

Gasly excited ahead of Bahrain GP

23rd March 2019, 13:34

Pierre Gasly will be back on a track he loves when the Formula 1 roadshow rolls into Bahrain next weekend.

Formula 1

Sainz senses better Renault engine in McLaren

22nd March 2019, 16:42

Carlos Sainz insists McLaren "have something to fight with" this year after a clear engine improvement in the Australian Grand Prix.

Formula 1

Hamilton expects 'great battle' with Red Bull

22nd March 2019, 09:18

Lewis Hamilton claims the early signs from Red Bull's new Honda engines suggests they will be involved in the Formula 1 title battle.

Formula 1

Bottas to challenge Hamilton

21st March 2019, 17:56

Mercedes racer Valtteri Bottas says he will try and challenge Lewis Hamilton for the world title in 2019.

Formula 1

Alfa Romeo bring in teen driver Correa

21st March 2019, 13:09

Formula 2 racer Juan Manuel Correa has been brought in as Alfa Romeo's development driver for the 2019 season.

Recent Sport Headlines

Manchester United

United keen on Chelsea forward

24th March 2019, 05:32

Manchester United are reported to have joined the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi in the summer.

Arsenal

Arsenal ace hints at move

24th March 2019, 05:10

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has suggested he is looking to move on and take the 'next step' in his career.

Inter Milan

De Boer - Inter team had 'rotten group'

23rd March 2019, 20:04

Former Inter Milan boss Frank de Boer claims he inherited a 'rotten group' when he took charge of the club in 2016.

Bayern Munich

Bayern planning Jovic bid

23rd March 2019, 19:44

Bayern Munich are readying a bid for Benfica star Luka Jovic, according to reports in the Spanish media.

Real Madrid

Varane happy with life in Madrid

23rd March 2019, 19:38

Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane says he is happy in Spain despite speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United

Tennis

Evans no match for Shapovalov

23rd March 2019, 19:25

British number three Dan Evans has been knocked out of the Miami Open after losing to Denis Shapovalov.

Rugby League

Hastings eager to repay Red Devils

23rd March 2019, 19:06

Salford Red Devils star Jackson Hastings says he will do all he can to repay the club after rejecting a deal from Wigan.

Rugby League

Holbrook expects more from halfbacks

23rd March 2019, 19:05

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook believes that both Theo Fages and Jonny Lomax will improve following the victory over Castleford.