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Carlos Sainz: McLaren is no longer just ‘best of the rest’

Carlos Sainz Jr. believes McLaren is no longer just ‘best of the rest’, in the wake of a “special” fifth place at Formula 1’s Japanese Grand Prix. Sainz Jr. qualified seventh, half a second behind the midfield drivers, and battled Red Bull’s Alexander Albon throughout the race. Albon used a two-stop strategy to clear the one-stopping Sainz Jr. as the pair were split by nine seconds at the chequered flag, with Sainz Jr. classifying fifth. Charles Leclerc overhauled much of the midfield during his recovery drive but was unable to reel in Sainz Jr., prompting Ferrari to pit him again in an ultimately fruitless bid for the fastest lap. “I’ve been...
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