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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.

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