Sainz ‘100% focused’ on final McLaren season

Michelle Foster
Carlos Sainz Mclaren testing

Carlos Sainz Mclaren testing

Despite the excitement of becoming a Ferrari driver in 2021, Carlos Sainz says he is 100 percent focused on his final season with McLaren.

Last month Ferrari announced that Sainz would replace Sebastian Vettel as Charles Leclerc’s team-mate come 2021.

It was a rather early announcement given that the 2020 season has yet to begin after F1 was forced to shutdown shop before the first green light of the campaign.

Although Sainz will now spend the 2020 championship, however long it may be, knowing he is off to Ferrari, the Spaniard is adamant he remains committed to the McLaren cause.

“By now, I am sure you all know that I will be leaving at the end of 2020,” he said in a letter to McLaren fans, “and although I am naturally excited about what awaits me, I am 100% focused on the immediate future with McLaren.

“I am very proud of all that we have already accomplished together and eager to build many more great memories this year, building on the positive momentum we have.

“I also want to take this moment to thank you all for the incredible support and understanding.

“From day one, you welcomed me into the McLaren family and made me feel right at home.

“I am determined to end this season in style and have a lot of fun together along the way.”

Sainz’s second and final season with McLaren begins in four weeks with F1 announcing a new July 5 start date for the 2020 season.

The championship will begin in Austria with a double header at the Red Bull Ring.

“I can’t wait for the season to start,” he added. “It has been a difficult and long period for everyone, but they say that the absence makes the heart become more loving!

“However, we have good news: in four weeks we will be on our way to Austria. The wait is almost over.

“But before heading to Spielberg, I’m training hard to make sure I’m in top shape for action on the track.

“I flew back to the UK on Monday to continue my preparation and I have regular video calls with my engineers to make sure we are up to date for the start of the season.”

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