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 successful final 12 months’s Monza race behind shock winner Pierre Gasly, mentioned he was completely satisfied to see Ricciardo and his former crew win McLaren’s first race in 9 years after having “gone by very laborious moments” throughout its dry spell over the previous decade.
“They’d much more tempo than final 12 months [at Monza],” Sainz mentioned. “I feel final 12 months we had good tempo, however not so good as what that they had this 12 months.
“And the mix of nice begins with nice tempo, I feel they managed to place collectively a strong weekend. For that I congratulate them.
“It’s a group, as you realize, I’ve a variety of appreciation [for]. And indirectly, I will probably be completely satisfied for my ex-engineers and the people who I have been working with.
“They have been working very laborious.
“They’ve gone by very laborious moments additionally in that group and it is good to see a historic group like McLaren successful once more.”
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, Max Verstappen, Purple 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 struggle McLaren for third within the constructors’ championship.
McLaren had been struggling because the 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 12 months.
“Sadly, they’re within the struggle with us for the championship and it is the worst attainable 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 probabilities, and congratulations to them, and we are going to try to get them again in Russia.”