Carlos Sainz has hit back at Red Bull by insisting that McLaren will not be copying Red Bull’s chassis concept to improve the use of their Renault engine for the 2019 season.
McLaren were poor in 2018 and only the driving ability of the now-departed Fernando Alonso, who earned 50 of the team’s 62 points, prevented them from finishing lower than they arguably should have.
It was their first year with a Renault engine after splitting from Honda, who will now be providing Red Bull’s power for 2019, and because they struggled to compete so badly, it had been suggested that McLaren may emulate parts of the Milton Keynes-based outfit.
However Sainz, who move from Renault to McLaren to replace Alonso is adamant there is no truth in those claims.
“I think it’s very straightforward to say that the team is copying a chassis,” Sainz said.
“I’m sure there are ideas from all the teams that McLaren has looked at, but that happens in Formula One and in all the categories that I have raced in.”
Sainz also denied that Renault would be holding back their best engines for the factory team, for which they have high aspirations of breaking into the top three for, especially now Daniel Ricciardo has been recruited.
“The engine is the same, and when I tested that car I could prove that it is the same as is in the Renault. So that doesn’t bother me,” he added.
“I am convinced that Renault gives the same weapons to McLaren that they give for their own cars.
“I’m not worried for next year that we will not have good equipment.”