Carlos Sainz Ready to Open His Book of Secrets from McLaren, Renault Era to Help Ferrari F1

Published 03/14/2021, 10:14 AM EDT
AUTODROMO NAZIONALE, MONZA, ITALY: Carlos Sainz Jr. of McLaren F1 Team in the paddock during the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)


Carlos Sainz helped create an environment in McLaren that allowed for an open sharing of secrets between the teammates and their testing analysis. As a result, the team was able to focus on its advancement, and the Woking team achieved its best finish since 2012.

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The Spaniard has moved to Ferrari this season and hopes to do the same with the Maranello outfit. According to Carlos, the objective is to bring Ferrari back to their original glory. He hopes that Leclerc would do the same so that they could work hand in hand for the team.

“My philosophy in testing with my teammates has always been to try to share and open the book of secrets to help the team. It is the relationship I had with Lando and Ferrari I have brought that spirit of trying to open the book a little and talk to each other to see how we can improve the car together.”

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 27: Carlos Sainz of Spain and McLaren F1 walks to the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 27, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“I trust that he also has the book open and not closed, as happens in other teams, and that we can learn from each other, but above all more me from him than he from me,” he said.

Carlos Sainz prepared to learn from Charles Leclerc

The Spaniard has joined Ferrari for a two-year contract. This is his first year with the Maranello outfit, and he will need to work hard to adapt to the new car and the team. The Spaniard is aware that his partner will be essential in making that process quicker.

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“Obviously I have much more to learn than Charles and I will use his data more than he will use mine.”

SOCHI, RUSSIA: Pole position qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 28, 2019 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“I will use his feedback and others to try to understand well what he takes out of the car and how he is able to get the most out of the Ferrari, and therefore I am going to work with him and I am going to try to learn everything I can,” Sainz concluded.

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Carlos Sainz finished his first official outing with Ferrari on Friday. This pre-season testing will be critical for the team to get some helpful information that could help Sainz going into the Bahrain season opener. Do you think the Spaniard will be able to recreate an open environment with Leclerc at Ferrari?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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