Carlos Sainz Jnr, McLaren, Sochi Autodrom, 2019

Sainz expects McLaren to be stronger at Suzuka than Sochi

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In the round-up: Carlos Sainz Jnr believes will have a stronger race this weekend than they did last time out.

What they say

Sainz led the midfield home at Sochi and is optimistic for Suzuka:

I think we can be stronger in Japan than we were [in Sochi] – I never felt at home this [track] with the McLaren, which shows that we still need to do a bit of progress.

But at the same time it is a track that, looking at the characteristics, was always going to be tough for us. I think hopefully Japan can be a bit better.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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Comment of the day

@Dbradock says attia Binotto deserves credit for Ferrari’s mid-season turnaround:

I suspect one of the major factors is that Binotto has managed to keep the team focussed instead of allowing their usual “we have to change everything” that they’ve been prone to do in seasons past when the car hasn’t performed.

Yes they’re bringing upgrades but they’re not massively changing a whole lot of parts simultaneously. I remember a couple of years ago when they changed things at the front, rear and floor all at once and had no real hope of being able to determine what worked and what didn’t.

He’s managed to stop the panic and methodically brought in developments that have improved the car dramatically.

If they can now just get on top of their on track management and strategy so they become the sort of we’ll oiled machine we see at Mercedes, things will be looking great for 2020.
DB-C90 (@Dbradock)

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8 comments on “Sainz expects McLaren to be stronger at Suzuka than Sochi”

  1. I don’t share cotd optimism. I believe theres only 2 top teams the rest have a lot to learn with rb and brackley, judging by their respective performances.
    Jr can be a funny guy. Is it a sponsor?
    Really short interview by Calderon. I would love to see women in f1. In moto e herrera is racing alongside gp winners on 300kg bikes, insanely dangerous bikes, they crash like cars and once they burst into flames, there is no stopping it

  2. Thanks for COTD @keithcollantine much appreciated.

    Whilst not a Ferrari fan, I’m an avid F1 fan and always think they provide some of the most interesting case studies in management.

    1. @dbradock Fully agreed with your COTD! Mattia Binotto deserves the credit becuase he always manages to stay calm and collected, unphased by the whirlpool of emotions that usually surrounds Ferrari. Also, he is open to talk to the media and address sensitive issues the best he can. Basically, he’s the opposite of Arrivabene.

  3. Excuse me Tatiana. How many points have you scored this season? Freaking zero, zip, zilch, nada out of all the 77 Arden points total. And how old are you? 26! Let me tell you, if you were a man, you would NEVER get a seat in F1.

  4. Go Go Squeez is something I first became aware of only recently through a couple of images in the garage from one of the recent race weekends, but indeed a bit funny that he uses it.

    Regarding the Inside Hook-article: The results in the recent past aren’t on her side, and neither is the age which is quite old for F1’s standards these days given how young drivers have tended to debut in F1 since the mid-2010s.

    Regarding the COTD: Yes, Ferrari indeed still has work to do on the track-management and strategy-side.

  5. I was expecting the Vietnamese track to look a little more progressed at this stage… will be very keen to see how it develops!

  6. Unless they start selling super licences under the counter, Calderon as about as much chance of getting to F1 as my granny.

  7. @dieterrencken Re the Motorsport Network tweet: The companies that will be dissolved will most likely pass any assets they have to parent companies in the group in a tax efficient way (such as by a dividend in specie or pass cash up the group in repayment of interest free intra-group loans) and will then most likely be solvently wound up. Given that group structure (trust me, I’ve seen worse in my time as a banking lawyer), each company in that group is unlikely to have huge amounts of assets or staff (which will probably all sit in an operating company somewhere in that group)…so it is not as complicated as it seems at first blush.

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