Ex-F1 driver turned pundit, Robert Doornbos, thinks there may be a hint of regret over Carlos Sainz’s upcoming move to Ferrari.
There has been somewhat of a role reversal between Sainz’s current McLaren team and his future employers.
Whilst we have been used to McLaren being bogged down the grid, they are off to a very strong start to the season and sit P2 in the Constructors’ Championship with 39 points from the first two races.
Meanwhile, it’s Ferrari who are uncompetitive and struggling in what seems like all areas. They have amassed just 19 points in the two Red Bull Ring races – not helped by the fact that Charles Leclerc ended both his and Sebastian Vettel’s race with a very costly crash at the Styrian Grand Prix.
"I apologised – I'm disappointed in myself and I let the team down"@Charles_Leclerc put his hand up and took responsibility after a collision with Sebastian Vettel on Sunday 💥✋
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 13, 2020
Sainz is swapping McLaren for Ferrari at the end of the season and, based on current evidence, you have to wonder whether the grass is actually greener on the other side.
“Talent always shows in rainy conditions and Sainz was a prime example [in Styrian Grand Prix qualifying],” Doornbos said his column for the Dutch edition of the Top Gear website.
“He is a young driver and is still growing at McLaren, approaching the top of his game.
“He just signed a contract with Ferrari and I can’t imagine that anyone has ever been unhappy with a Ferrari contract, but may be he is now.
“Ferrari is in deep decline. They’re hopeless on all fronts. There’s no more speed in the engine after last year’s scandal and they’re already losing nine tenths on the straights. The car is completely unbalanced.
“Then you think it couldn’t be worse, but I’m afraid this is going to be the toughest year [for Ferrari]. And that is while McLaren is just on their way to the top. The car is insanely good with the Renault engine, and next year they’ll even get a Mercedes engine.
“The team can are going back towards the top and Sainz will just hand over his seat.”