McLaren have now scored two podiums in the last three Grands Prix stretching back to Brazil last year.
At the Austrian Grand Prix 2020, it was Lando Norris rather than Carlos Sainz doing the rostrum honors, Sainz was predicting more top-three finishes for his team this season if they can maintain their impressive race pace.
With Norris having started the Austrian Grand Prix in P3, after both his best-ever F1 qualifying and having benefitted from a grid drop for Lewis Hamilton, the McLarens fought each other early on in the race before a strong finish from Norris saw him climb to fourth by the flag. That became third when Norris once again benefitted from a Hamilton penalty, while Sainz came home fifth.
Carloz Sainz said he is very happy for the team, and for Lando too. Lando deserves this great result after a very strong weekend for him. He was very fast all weekend but also for sainz. Sainz had a very strong race be able to fight with Lando towards last few laps.
“It means that we’re having very strong Sundays and if the races continue to be like this, this is not going to be the only chance for a podium this year. So we’ll keep our heads up, very strong start for the team and we might see other podiums this year, maybe.”
Sainz and Norris’ combined score of 26 helped McLaren to their biggest weekend points haul since the 2014 Australian Grand Prix. And with the team now sitting second behind Mercedes in the constructors’ championship, Sainz felt that there had been a fundamental closing up of the grid for 2020.