Carlos Sainz has said he is ready to “move on” and “push flat out” for McLaren at the upcoming Eifel Grand Prix.
Lining up from P6 on the grid at the Russian Grand Prix, the Spaniard was the first race casualty and in rather embarrassing circumstances after smashing into the Turn 2 barrier when trying to navigate the bollards.
It was the start of a rather dismal afternoon for McLaren as Lando Norris went on to finish firmly outside of the points, resulting in McLaren’s first race of the season without being able to add to their points haul.
But Sainz is ready to start on a fresh page at the Nurburgring and help achieve both his and McLaren’s aims before he heads off to Ferrari at the end of the season.
“The last race in Russia was definitely not the way I hoped to finish a weekend that had started off quite well,” Sainz said.
“I always review in detail what I could have done differently, remember it and move on. We go racing again this week and my focus is now 100% on the Eifel Grand Prix.
“There are still many points at stake and every race counts for both Championships, so believe me I’ll push flat out until the last chequered flag of the year.
“Last time out in Germany I managed to finish P5 in tricky conditions. However, racing at the Nürburgring this year instead of the Hockenheimring presents a different challenge.
“We do expect the conditions to be similar to last year’s race in Germany with it being cold and potentially wet.
“I’ve raced there before back in 2014 but never in a Formula 1 car so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do with these cars.”
Just seven points separate McLaren, Racing Point and Renault in the Constructors’ Championship and Norris is well aware that McLaren’s rivals are breathing down their neck.
“We had a tough weekend out in Russia but, looking back on it, we know where we need to improve for Germany,” Norris added.
“Our rivals are right on our heels, but we just need to focus on ourselves and perform to the best of our abilities on track.
“I’m looking forward to racing at the Nürburgring this weekend as it’s a cool track I enjoyed driving in F3 and F4.
“It’s great to see it on the calendar this year.
“I won the last time I raced there, back in 2017, in difficult weather conditions, so I’m hoping my previous experience will help me hit the ground running on Friday.”