This season is Carlos Sainz’s last with McLaren but he has urged the team not to cut him out as he feels he can still help them develop the 2021 car.
Last month Ferrari announced that Sainz would be heading to Maranello in 2021, signed to a two-year deal to partner Charles Leclerc.
In his place McLaren revealed that Daniel Ricciardo will be joining them from Renault.
The early announcements have raised some eyebrows, most notably from Toto Wolff who questioned the wisdom of working with a driver for a full season knowing they on their way out.
The Mercedes team boss says he would be worried that the driver would take information about his current team’s innovations over to his new team.
And while that is a concern for many teams, often leading to a departing driver being kept out of the loop, Sainz has urged McLaren to allow him to continue helping develop the cars.
“I think they [McLaren] are going to tell me everything because I can still help them a lot in the remainder of the year and for next year,” Omnisport quotes Sainz as having told Radio Marca.
“I have asked them, please, to keep me informed because I am the first to want to see McLaren on the podium as soon as possible, and I think I can honestly be of help just as I have been of help in the past year.”
Last year Sainz bagged McLaren’s first podium result in five years when he finished third at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
This year he hasn’t had the opportunity to try for a second as the 2020 season has yet to get underway, halted in its tracks two hours before the start of FP1 for the Australian GP.
There good news, though, as a new date has been set.
F1 chiefs have announced an eight-race European schedule that will begin in July with a double-header at the Red Bull Ring.
The 25-year-old Sainz is so excited, he even wants to spend time in the simulator, something he is not a fan of.
“There is only one month left,” he said.
“I have a desire… I even want to get on the simulator, which I do not like. Imagine the desire I have!
“I want to go to Austria, prepare now, feel those nerves and that pressure that when you have all your life doing it you get used to it and when it goes you miss it.”