“A good amount of points this weekend,” he said. “It feels particularly good because we went through some difficulties at the beginning of the weekend and we just built it up, put a good lap in quali when it counted and after that I got a really good start off the line.
“I managed to pass the two Toro Rossos around the outside of turn three which was probably the best move of my career in F1 until now. And then put some good laps in, got the pit stop timing just right and P6.”
McLaren chose not to pit Sainz during the Safety Car period, which helped him gain further places from Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen. Sainz also set a series of quick laps to prevent Kvyat get back in front of him when the Toro Rosso driver pitted.
“We knew I had some pace left after the Safety Car. That’s why we didn’t pit, we knew we had tyre left. We put together a strong 10, 12 laps after the Safety Car. We opened a good gap and then we pitted just when we had to pit.
“It was tight and I had to defend, I think I did fastest lap of the race right after trying to defend the over-cut of Daniil Kvyat. It was just great timing, great call and just good pace when it counted.”
Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and
2019 F1 season
- McLaren Racing reports reduced £71 million loss in 2019
- Kvyat: Hockenheim podium last year was “my biggest achievement” so far
- How the FIA’s new encrypted fuel flow meter targets Ferrari’s suspected ‘aliasing’ trick
- “He smashed my office door”: 23 must-see moments from ‘Drive to Survive’ season two
- ‘I should have done a better job. There’s things that I know I can do better’