Carlos Sainz is pretty upbeat with how testing has gone for McLaren, with the pace of the MCL35 shocking the team in a good way.
McLaren are defending their ‘best of the rest’ crown in 2020 and, at first glance, appear to have Renault and Racing Point as their immediate rivals.
One lap in particular on the medium C3 tyre in the final morning session caught Sainz’s eye and he also reported that there is widespread improvement with their 2020 challenger compared to its predecessor.
“I’m happy with the progress made so far,” Sainz told F1TV.
“I’m especially happy with it. We managed to have a good day of testing today.
“We managed to test three or four things that I had in the back of my mind and put a run plan together to make sure I tested them before Australia.
“I managed to get some conclusions, and for me a good test day is based on that.”
“It’s good fun.
“I mean, a 16.8 on a C3 tyre in Barcelona feels special, feels quick. I think we are all quite shocked in a good way with how fast we are and how much we are enjoying this 2020 car.
“I think we’ve made a lot of progress compared to last year. I think the car, looking at the data, we are much quicker pretty much everywhere compared to last year, so I am very happy about that.
“Now, it depends on how much progress the others have made.”