Sainz: Now a matter of ‘when do I want to win?’

Michelle Foster

Carlos Sainz

One of the best partnerships on the 2019 grid, Carlos Sainz says he is “enjoying” life as Lando Norris’ McLaren team-mate.

Earlier this week the Woking team confirmed that both Sainz and Norris would remain McLaren drivers for the 2020 season.

The team made the early announcement in a bid to ensure their drivers aren’t involved in the ever-growing silly season rumours.

Sainz has welcomed the continuation of the partnership.

“We are both enjoying it,” he said in an interview with Top Gear.

“We came into the team with the same philosophy of ‘let’s help, between you and me, to move this team forward’.

“It comes naturally to get on well with a guy like him.

“We’re just enjoying the year, making sure together we put positive energy into the team.”

This year’s championship marks Sainz’s fifth in F1 with the Spaniard’s nearest finish to the podium a P4 at the 2017 Singapore GP with Toro Rosso.

Now racing for McLaren, Sainz is not only looking for longevity in his F1 career, he’s also looking for a first win.

He added: “There’s always pressure to maintain yourself in Formula 1.

“It’s my fifth season, so I’m starting to feel a bit more established, after surviving as one of the only drivers to leave the Red Bull programme but still be in the sport.

“Now it’s a matter of ‘when do I want to win?’

“I want to win as soon as possible, and I think I’m at the right place at the right time to just get the momentum, and think about winning in the future.”

McLaren last won a grand prix in 2012 when Jenson Button took the chequered flag at the Brazilian GP.

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