Sainz confident despite back-to-back DNFs

Date published: April 8 2019

Carlos Sainz is confident despite back-to-back DNFs due to the pace McLaren are showing.

Carlos Sainz remains confident despite back-to-back retirements in the opening rounds of 2019 due to the pace McLaren are showing.

The Spaniard retired in Melbourne after nine laps with a power unit issue, before a clash with Max Verstappen saw him sink down the order in Bahrain before parking the MCL34 with four laps remaining.

Sainz is yet to make the chequered flag this season, but the pace of team-mate Lando Norris, who claimed a P6 finish in Bahrain, gives him hope of better results to come in 2019.

“I am very encouraged about the pace of the car, about my feeling with my car,” he told Crash.net.

“I think you could see in those first three or four laps [in Bahrain] how easily I could keep up with the Mercedes and the Red Bull, how easily I was attempting a move on Max at the earliest opportunity.

“So there are a lot of positives to take. I still have a smile on my face because of that and I’m not going to let an accident like this one ruin my confidence, because my confidence is really high at the moment.”

Both McLaren’s made it into Q3 for the first time since 2017 in Bahrain, but Sainz was cautious to predict this being a regular thing.

“We will see. We need to go to front limited circuits, because at the moment our car feels front limited, and a track like Bahrain which is rear limited played to our strengths,” Sainz said.

“We need to be careful. We need to make sure we keep changing the balance of the car, and when we get to a front limited track like China, we are on top of it, and keep being strong on different types of tracks.

“China is a completely different one to Bahrain, and we need to keep pushing.”

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