(Motorsport-Total.com) – Carlos Sainz showed a new driving style at McLaren last season. That had to do with his contractual situation, which gave him security in Formula 1 for the first time. Warfare of the Spaniards was only committed to Toro Rosso and Renault for one year and had to tremble, he 2019 had the certainty that he would be able to drive at McLaren again in the coming year.
“The stability gave me the opportunity to show an artwork to new Carlos the paddock or generally hasn't seen a lot of people, “he says. “I knew he was there, but I just needed the right environment and the right attitude.”
And that came from his two-year contract, which gave him the necessary security , “I never had. And even if you don't feel it and don't want to think about it, there's always the pressure to get results immediately.”
That this pressure wasn't there, gave him 2019 given the confidence to simply try some maneuvers. “In the past I might have thought about it twice,” says the Spaniard. For example during his overtaking maneuver against Max Verstappen in Bahrain. He probably wouldn't have dared to do that before because he would have taken the current result with him and would not have taken any chances because the Crimson Bull would have gotten him back anyway.
But now Sainz had the mentality, simple to push and try everything. “Finally I had some stability and a place where I could be myself more often.”
2020 his contract with McLaren is still running out.