McLaren CEO, Zak Brown, believes Carlos Sainz is benefitting from having job security, after multiple one-year deals in his career.
Sainz made his debut in Formula 1 with Toro Rosso in 2015, and remained part of the Red Bull family for three years, before being released in order to allow him to move to Renault for 2018.
During his time with Toro Rosso, the 25-year-old was limited to one-year deals, meaning the pressure was on him to excel and perform week in, week out in order to avoid speculation about him retaining his seat for a full season.
Sainz joined McLaren last season on a two year deal, after a season with Renault, meaning that for the first time, he has job security, and Brown believes that it has benefitted the Spaniard, with Sainz having the best season of his F1 career in 2019.
Speaking at Autosport International, Brown said: “Carlos has been outstanding.
“I think he’s been living under one year contracts in the whole Red Bull/ Toro Rosso environment, which obviously a fantastic team, but they can be a bit rough on their drivers.
“I think Carlos is a driver that needs to know he has got a team behind him, and his next race might not be his last race, which is a little bit of the environment that is created over there.”
Although Sainz managed to avoid being dropped mid-way through a season by Red Bull, with Sainz’s mid-season move to Renault in 2017 coming about because the French team sacked Jolyon Palmer, other drivers have not been so fortunate, with Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly famously losing their Red Bull seats in recent years, and Brown believes that the management approach needs to be tailored differently for different drivers.
“With drivers it is an emotional rollercoaster for them, very high stress, lots of adrenaline, so I think you need to understand all drivers are different, what motivates them.” added Brown.
“Some drivers like a little kick in the butt, and others want an arm over the shoulder, and need to know it’s not kind of one size that fits all.
“Sometimes some drivers can step up to that [race by race stability], and for others, it is a pretty uncomfortable environment.”