Sainz spent two years at McLaren in 2019 and 2020 earlier than deciding to maneuver to Ferrari, with Daniel Ricciardo leaving Renault to fill the Spaniard’s seat.
Sainz, who scored two podiums for McLaren and got here agonisingly near profitable final yr’s Monza race behind shock winner Pierre Gasly, stated he was glad to see Ricciardo and his former crew win McLaren’s first race in 9 years after having “gone by means of very laborious moments” throughout its dry spell over the previous decade.
“That they had much more tempo than final yr [at Monza],” Sainz stated. “I feel final yr we had good tempo, however inferior to what they’d this yr.
“And the mix of nice begins with nice tempo, I feel they managed to place collectively a stable weekend. For that I congratulate them.
“It’s a group, as you understand, I’ve a whole lot of appreciation [for]. And indirectly, I will likely be glad for my ex-engineers and the those that I have been working with.
“They have been working very laborious.
“They’ve gone by means of very laborious moments additionally in that group and it is good to see a historic group like McLaren profitable once more.”
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, Max Verstappen, Pink Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, and the remainder of the sphere at the beginning
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On the similar time McLaren’s large 45-point haul – courtesy of its 1-2 victory with Lando Norris ending second – is an enormous blow to Sainz and Ferrari as they combat McLaren for third within the constructors’ championship.
McLaren had been struggling for the reason that summer season break and noticed Ferrari beginning to construct a niche however has jumped again forward after its Monza dream weekend, main Ferrari by 13.5 factors heading into the ultimate eight races of the yr.
“Sadly, they’re within the combat with us for the championship and it is the worst doable outcome that we might have for P3 within the championship,” Sainz admitted after ending sixth in Italy, two spots behind team-mate Charles Leclerc.
“However we’re nonetheless inside attain. They’ve used their possibilities, and congratulations to them, and we are going to try to get them again in Russia.”