McLaren Driver Carlos Sainz Jr Talks About “High-Demanding” Red Bull F1

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Red Bull are known to be specialists for doing things with perfection, where excellence is the primary objective. Having tasted success at the highest level, accepting anything less than perfect is unforgivable.

They are currently second in the Constructors’ standings with 211 points.  And are sitting comfortably ahead of third-placed Racing Point, holding a 91 points lead over them.

But there is also a streak of ruthlessness in the team when it comes to their recent history with drivers, and survival is only guaranteed if the performances being delivered are optimal.

Red Bull have a way of doing things, according to Sainz

Carlos Sainz Jr, now races for McLaren; however, he was once a part of the Red Bull Junior Team program. Such was his determination that he made his way up the ladder to make his debut with Toro Rosso in 2015.

But after nearly 3 seasons with the team and a year with Renault, he was released in 2019.

Carlos Sainz at the Russian GP press conference
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2020 McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Speaking at an awards’ event, Sainz was quoted as saying, “Red Bull is Red Bull, it has its way of doing things. And they have helped many drivers, some 50 or 60, with money that they all appreciate and I am also grateful.

“But they also had a very high demand, and a Very aggressive measuring stick. Where you won or they kicked you out,” stated Sainz (translated from Google Translate).

Sainz flourishing at McLaren ahead of his move to Ferrari

It has been nothing but upwards and onwards for Sainz since 2019. Finishing in the top half of the drivers’ championship that year, he also has 2 podiums to his name with McLaren so far.

Having spent 2 seasons with the Woking-based team, Sainz is setting up for a move to Ferrari. He will replace Sebastian Vettel and form an interesting partnership with Charles Leclerc.

Carlos Sainz During Tuscan GP Practice
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini/Pool

Red Bull, on the other hand, are closely monitoring Alex Albon’s performances. Based on the same, the Milton Keynes-based outfit will then take a call with respect to his replacement.

In retrospect, regret could be the emotion at Red Bull as they may have let go of Sainz too early; for a combination of Max Verstappen and Sainz would definitely have sent out a powerful message to their rivals.

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