McLaren, probably the biggest surprise of 2019 or am I wrong? After a very difficult years and a tough relationship with Honda, this year they are giving us a lot of great results and good races. Of course, they still have reliability problems and they are still further back of the top 3 team (Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull).
Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have been pushing their MCL34 to the absolute limit. Despite of having a difficult first race of 2019 in Melbourne because the first driver Carlos Sainz retired due to an engine failure and Lando Norris finished on P12 in his race debut. In Bahrain, Carlos got a second DNF in a row but Lando managed to get their first points of the season with a P6. In China, well, there was a big crash in which both McLaren were involved and none of them got points. Baku was a good race for McLaren, and it was the first race with double points for the British team with Lando in P8 and Carlos in P7. All we know that Carlos is from Spain and he managed to finish on P8 in his home race. In Canada, Carlos achieved another P6 and 8 more points to the constructors’ championship. On the French Grand Prix, the McLaren guys achieved another double point finish with 10 points in total. Once again, Lando and Carlos got a double point finish with the British on P6 and the Spaniard on P8. In Germany, Carlos got a 5th place and an excellent result for the team. In Belgium, Lando was running in P5 but unfortunately, a last lap engine failure cost him his result and a good bunch of points. Finally, on the last race Carlos got a DNF and Lando got only one point.
As we can see, they have been really consistent, although they still have problems to work on, they are always fighting for being in the Top 10 and they are fourth in the constructors’ championship. Talking about the Drivers’ Championship, well, Lando Norris is fourteenth with 25 points while Carlos Sainz is seventh and “best of the rest” with 58 points for the Spaniard. For my point of view, I can easily say that McLaren is being the biggest surprise of 2019. Will McLaren have a second half of the season as good as they done it in the first one?