“Dear McLaren family,
I rarely express myself on a blank piece of paper but here it goes.
Everybody knows the great history of this team, that’s nothing new. However, it wasn’t until I saw the cars of my idols line up along the boulevard of the MTC that I truly understood the meaning of becoming a McLaren driver and the responsibility and pride immediately sank in.
We had a great challenge ahead of us and no time to lose.
Since the very first day I moved back to the UK every single member of this enormous family made me feel at home. Some of you even helped me to find my flood and fill it in with stuff, showing
already great signs of team spirit.
I could immediately tell that fans, sponsors, shareholders, management, racing team, hospitality crew and everyone at the factory were all on the same boat, rowing in the same direction, fearlessly forward.
Of course Tomasso [Tom Stallard, Olympic silver medallist rower and Sainz’s race engineer] was particularly good at the rowing part.
Despite a frustrating start to the 2019 season, I always felt the support and confidence of everyone around me and I knew it was only a matter of time before I started scoring some good points.
Last season ended up being my strongest year in Formula 1, and a great step forward for the team. Finishing fourth in the constructors’ championship and sixth in the drivers’ championship was a great achievement and then the podium in Brazil: with everyone