2019 McLaren driver Carlos Sainz says he has “a lot of trust” the team won’t forget how to win again in Formula 1 as it continues its resurgence to form.
The British outfit’s last victory was more than six years ago at the 2012 season-finale in Brazil and results have faded since the inception of the V6 hybrid era.
Sainz switches from Renault this season, replacing compatriot Fernando Alonso after the two-time world champion called time on his F1 career, and given the team’s issues on-track the past few years, the Spaniard hopes the winning feeling will return soon.
“I want to see better results than this year, they also want to see it,” said Sainz, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“Also [we want] evolution through the year. It’s a bit of everything. McLaren are perfectly capable of that. That’s why I’m going there.
“I have a lot of trust in the second most successful ever F1 team. They’ve won [before], hopefully they will remember how to do it [again].
“Little by little, in a mid-term project, they start going back to the top.”
McLaren entered a new engine partnership with Renault in 2018 but got off to a tough start, with an aerodynamic issue and a poor chassis blighting the cars performance.
A major overhaul of its personnel behind the scenes is pinned on a five-year project to move back to the front of the grid, and Sainz believes he can “create a family” during McLaren’s quest to regain former glory.
“I want, as a driver, but also as a fan, to see the team going forward,” he added.
“So, if we manage to get a good first year next year and a good head start on how things are going to evolve I really think I can create a family out of McLaren and spend a few years there.
“That’s my target at the moment. I’m going there going year-by-year, but also thinking about trying to be one of the key factors helping McLaren go back to the top.
“Because of that I’m extremely motivated, I’m extremely looking forward to it.”