While they are nice sheets to look at, they only tell a partial story ofcourse.
First stint was compromised by the damage, therefor not a true comparison. Stint 2 Sainz seems to be really fast, but in a lot of free air and Ves perhaps saving tires/fuel. Hard to judge. But in all they certainly seemed to be on par with Renault. One cannot ignore the fact that Ricc was on a 1-stop strat, so he would have always been slower (hence the 8 secs).
So it's a bit apples & pears ...
But overall I have the feeling they will outdevelop Renault.
However, if Honda is able to develop faster and bring some more horses soon, it might even throw STR in the mix. The Faenza lads nurtured a pretty decent car that Albon seems to like.
Just fingers crossed for all McL fans the Renault PU gets a whole lot more reliable.
Sunshine is just a choice ...