Carlos Sainz Explains How ‘Chit-Chat’ Surrounding His Name Made Him an Introvert

Published 06/14/2021, 10:04 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Being the son of a person who had an excellent motorsport career can be difficult. The likes of Mick Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, and Carlos Sainz falls into the same category. Sainz states that the pressure from his dad to be the best made him what he is today.

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Carlos Sainz Sr was an excellent rally car driver and made a name for himself. Sainz Jr states that the added pressure because of his dad’s name made him the driver is currently.

Carlos Sainz appreciates his dad’s help to make him a great driver

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Sainz said, “He was very hard on myself, I’m not going to lie. He was very demanding, but the pressure itself came also on its own with the surname I have.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. after the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

“When I was a little kid, 11 years old, I was going to all these go-kart races and there was always this chit-chat about ‘the son of Carlos Sainz is here, let’s see how he does, get the stopwatch out, see if my kid is quicker than Carlos Sainz Jnr’.

“So I had this added pressure that made me a bit more shy, a bit more ‘I don’t know why everyone’s looking at me’ and maybe that also helped to prepare me for later in my career,” Sainz concluded.

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How is Sainz doing this year at Ferrari?

The 26-year-old joined the Italian team for the 2021 season, and so far Sainz has been helping the team score crucial points for the championship. The most memorable moment for the Spanish driver. has to be his podium finish at Monaco, where he placed second on the grid.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Sainz finds himself in seventh place with 42 points to his name so far this season. He hopes to score in the upcoming races and plans to get ahead in the driver’s standings.

Meanwhile, the Marenell0-based team currently sits in third place with 94 points. The team hopes that they can take the fight to rivals, Mercedes and Red Bull as the current campaign goes on

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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