Every point crucial - Sainz

30 June 2020 21:34:18 GMTPlus10

Carlos Sainz Jr believes McLaren must fight for every point in a bid to replicate last season's fourth-placed finish in the World Constructors' Championship.

Sainz, who will leave McLaren to replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari next season, helped the British team to finish best of the rest behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull in 2019.

The 25-year-old Spaniard finished sixth in the Drivers' Championship and earned his first podium finish at the penultimate race of last season, the Brazilian Grand Prix, in November.

The 2020 Formula 1 season begins with the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday where Sainz will again be joined in the McLaren garage by Lando Norris.

While his move to Ferrari was announced in May, Sainz is fully focused on doing the best he can for McLaren in the upcoming campaign.

Speaking to Formula1.com, the Madrid man is happy with his car and hopes to enjoy another successful season with the Woking-based team.

"Due to less races in the calendar and the strong competition we expect from our direct rivals, we can't afford to lose concentration. Every point we can get is absolutely crucial," he said.

"The [2020 McLaren] MCL35 felt really good during winter testing, a positive continuation of what we had last year, so I'm very excited to compete this season.

"Last year we did well in Austria, having to battle into the points from the back of the grid due to a penalty, so we know there are plenty of opportunities for on-track overtakes."

Lewis Hamilton is 3.00 to win the Austrian Grand Prix with Sainz available to back at 101.00.

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