Sainz strong suits to be reinforced in 2019

Author: anwr Date: August 22, 2018 07:10 Comments: 0 Viewed:1455
The news of Carlos Sainz Jr joining McLaren has been well-received by his peers in the F1 roster. Thus far, the most vocal supporter of his move has been countryman Fernando Alonso. The veteran famously swept to the championship in 2005, and 2006, ending Michael Schumacher’s five-year streak of dominance.


He has backed the move citing McLaren’s history in F1 as a major reason for Sainz to make it, even though this November will mark the tenth anniversary of McLaren’s last title triumph. These days, of course, it is all very different. Current Formula 1 betting odds show that McLaren are now 4000/1 to win the constructors title this year, Aside from Mika Häkkinen’s double triumph in the late 1990s, McLaren’s last spell as a truly dominant powerhouse came in the 1980s, with Niki Lauda, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna being the agents of glory.

Sainz’ strongest tracks

Sainz himself has tweeted his delight at being selected for the McLaren lineup, and this development has also given F1 Fantasy aficionados some food for thought. Throughout his four-year F1 career, Sainz has avoided retirement in the Grands Prix of Australia, China, Azerbaijan, Monaco, Singapore, the United States and his native Spain. Indeed, he has performed strongest overall at the latter circuit, never once failing to finish inside the top nine.

It is also impressive that one of the less experienced drivers on the roster has completed the Baku street circuit twice. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix remains a relatively unknown quantity to all drivers, but with Sainz’ fifth-place finish in the 2018 edition marking a leap three places compared last season’s event, the young Spaniard proved that his good first race in Baku was not merely beginner’s luck.


Having also finished in the top ten of every season opener at Melbourne, he should be a worthy pick for any fantasy lineup at the start of 2019. However, his trajectory of finishes at the circuit is not upward, as it is with Azerbaijan. Sainz could also claim that over the past two years, his most improved circuit is Spa. After suffering retirements in his first two Belgian Grands Prix, he has finished tenth and (this year) ninth, leading some to believe that next year could yield an even better result.

Sainz can succeed where McLaren has failed

This year, most of McLaren’s results as a constructor – especially in Monaco, France and Canada – have not correlated with Sainz’ corresponding performances at Renault. While Sainz finished in the top ten of each race, McLaren failed to pick up a single point, with five retirements out of a possible six therein.

While technical difficulties can destroy the hopes of even the best driver, Sainz is something of a symbol of hope for McLaren. The memories of their disastrous three-year partnership with Honda still fresh in the memory, signing Sainz is a real statement of intent, and if he can succeed at the circuits where his future employers failed, then his status as a good all-rounder in fantasy motorsport will be safe in the short term.