Charles Leclerc Explains The Positive Impact of Sainz Joining Ferrari F1

Published 04/11/2021, 7:09 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc arrive for testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Last season, Ferrari witnessed an unfortunate decline in their performance. Unfortunately, there was a lot of negativity surrounding the Maranello team, considering the significant step back. However, this season, the team has signed Carlos Sainz to drive alongside Charles Leclerc.

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The Spaniard has been open about his excitement to join his dream Formula 1 team. In a recent interview, Charles Leclerc explained that Sainz’s positive attitude has helped the team in shaking off the atmosphere from last year, which is also already showing positive results on the grid.

“In recent years he has been in several teams, and I think it is always interesting to get an idea of ​​how the opponents work. I’ve immediately noticed his great motivation too. He is in his first year in Ferrari and you can see that he immediately wants to do very well.”

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 13, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc arrives ahead of testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“This euphoria is contagious for the benefit of the whole team. I believe that for a team it is always good to have two drivers who push to get back to victory,” explained the Monegasque driver.

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Carlos Sainz made his move to Ferrari from McLaren. He had a great stint with McLaren and was a part of an open environment with the team and his teammate. The Spaniard has continued the same approach at the Maranello outfit.

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 13, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. arrives ahead of testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Leclerc explained, What has changed is the time I spent with my teammate, because in the past Seb and I often crossed paths. I would arrive as he left, or vice versa. Now, with Carlos, we are often in on the same days and consequently we spend more time together.”

Ferrari finished at the bottom of the midfield last season and were struggling to finish both their cars in the top-10. The 2021 season started well for the team as they were the third-fastest car during qualification and both their car finished in the top-10 in Bahrain.

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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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