“I Focus on McLaren” – Carlos Sainz Ready to Commit His Future to the Team

Published 03/06/2020, 6:01 AM EST


Last season at the Brazilian Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz Jr ended McLaren’s podium drought. After Lewis Hamilton copped a penalty for a collision with Alex Albon, Sainz Jr earned his first F1 podium.

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This year, he insists that none of his goals have changed and wants more podiums to add to his tally. Last year, McLaren looked really strong and will be aiming to keep the momentum in 2020.

Speaking to AS.com, he said, “The driver in me hasn’t changed much since that moment. I am still the same person as before and I still have the same goal. Of course, I have to laugh every time I see those pictures because it was a unique moment. To be there on stage with the team and all my friends, I would like to do that again.”

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The only thing that the Spaniard could not experience was celebrating a maiden podium with the other drivers. The penalty only came long after Hamilton celebrated with Max Verstappen and another podium debutante, Pierre Gasly. Undeterred, Carlos Sainz invaded the empty podium along with his team.

This year, he hope that if he does get a podium, he will have rightfully earned it without the need for a delayed penalty. The 25-year old acknowledged McLaren’s progress in 2019 and. stressed on the need to continue it in the coming season. Sainz Jr knows that every F1 year is important and he always takes that approach.

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What is in store for Carlos Sainz in the future?

Admittedly, the rumour mill has been flooded with questions about Sebastian Vettel’s future in Formula One. Furthermore, Carlos Sainz is just one of a few names linked to the Ferrari seat.

“I can’t do much with it if journalists say so. I focus on McLaren and that’s all that matters. What we can expect in the future, we will see that again,” the Spaniard confessed.

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For now though, Sainz Jr will be banishing all those talks and rumours to the back of his mind. Instead, he will try and focus on the coming season in less than two weeks and propel McLaren into the top 3.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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