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Sainz Expects McLaren Reaction

Sainz Expects McLaren Reaction

Carlos Sainz is looking forward to joining McLaren and he expects the team to respond after their recent struggles. Sainz will join McLaren on a two-year deal from Renault ahead of the 2019 season, where he will partner rookie driver Lando Norris in a new-look line-up for the Woking outfit.

“A driver needs confidence and if a team gives you two years it means they really trust you and believe in you,” the Spanish star told Sky Sports.

“This is my first time in F1 that I will have a two-year contract. It gives me stability and it gives me confidence.”

Historically McLaren are the second most successful team in F1, behind Ferrari, but their last Drivers’ Championship win came a decade ago and it is 20 years since they have claimed the constructors’ prize.

McLaren haven’t managed a podium finish since the opening race of the 2014 season but Sainz feels there are already encouraging signs and he hopes they can improve in 2019.

He added: “The team have had a tough year and they have learnt from it. There has been the clear reaction of a team which wants to get back to winning ways.”

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