Carlos Sainz claims that Renault have finally delivered the engine that it needed “two years ago”, giving McLaren “something to fight with”.
The Woking outfit switched to Renault engines in 2018, and despite Sainz suffering an MGU-K failure at the season-opening Australian GP, he believes the French manufacturer have made a big improvement with their engine.
Sainz, who has contested three out of his four Formula 1 seasons with Renault power, told Motorsport.com: “I feel a step in the right direction.
“I have done four years in Formula 1, all those four years has been 10km/h down on all the straights.
“So finally, to be turning up to Melbourne and to be just 2/3km/h down maybe on the top teams, is a really, really encouraging scenario.
“They seem to have clear ideas of how to develop the engine during the year so that gives some positive vibes also.
“I would praise Renault in that sense because it finally seems like they’ve done the step that we were needing two years ago.”