Carlos Sainz believes that McLaren would need to “gain another half a second” to catch Mercedes and Red Bull as he was able to overtake Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas at the start of the Russian Grand Prix after he nearly came P4.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">That start though. 🤯 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RussianGP?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RussianGP</a> 🇷🇺 <a href="https://t.co/Q4LKfdIRnV">pic.twitter.com/Q4LKfdIRnV</a></p>— McLaren (@McLarenF1) <a href="https://twitter.com/McLarenF1/status/1178329269296128000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 29, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
However, McLaren’s Carlos Sainz wared off Racing Points Sergio Perez to claim the best of the rest title in sixth before he fell victim to the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alex Albon who were recovering through the pack after engine penalties.
The Spaniard was not able to fight with the three drivers, claiming that McLaren would need to “gain another half a second” to make it worth defending against Red Bull or Mercedes.
“I think unfortunately to fight Mercedes or Red Bull at the moment we need to gain another half a second to make it worth it, because at the moment it only makes you lose one or two seconds of your race time,” he told reporters in Sochi.
“With such a fast car like [Sergio] Perez on the straights coming from behind, I didn’t want to let him get into my DRS while battling with Alex Albon, because Racing Point are quick on the straights.
“There was a bit of management to do there, maybe if it was the last lap of the race no doubt I would have been more aggressive, but today after a few tough races it was important to get the points on the board.”
Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris have made a double-points finish for McLaren, and Sainz admitted that it was perfect race overall for the team.
Nevermind Sainz, Let's wait for the epic deal, the McLaren-Mercedes combination's return to Formula 1 in 2021.