Change does not always bring the desired result. In the Eifel, Carlos Sainz’s McLaren had many upgrades. But while Daniel Ricciardo set off to claim Renault's first podium this season, the Spaniard was never able to aim for the box. He mostly fought with his own car. "I wrestled for sixty laps " the McLaren driver reacted bitterly. “I haven't had a good feeling the whole weekend. I never felt in a position to go for that podium that I saw right in front of me. "
He only retains the result of fifth place as a positive. "In these conditions, it is definitely an excellent place, we extracted the maximum. But hey when you see the podium so close and the feeling with the car is so, let's say … bad, and you have a lot of graining, it's really hard to accept. "
Sainz’s difficulties may be explained by the lack of taxiing on Friday, which prevented the team from making the necessary adjustments to introduce developments. " If we had had Friday to develop the whole thing, would it have been much better than it is now, where it just isn't performing as it should? " Sainz wonders. " VSThis is the biggest question to be answered in the next few weeks, we have a lot of work to do. Nothing is going well for the moment. "
Lando Norris’s retirement and Sainz’s fifth place behind a Renault and a Racing Point resulted in the loss of third constructors’s place for McLaren, four points behind Racing Point.