Carlos Sainz “a Bit Underrated” – Sebastian Vettel

Published 05/31/2021, 5:08 AM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 09: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Carlos Sainz of Spain and McLaren F1 look on in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 09, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel and Carlos Sainz Jr. have had near similar journeys in Formula One. Both drivers started out at Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri) and are a part of Scuderia Ferrari’s history. While Vettel has four world titles to his name, Sainz is yet to be a part of the title challenge. However, the Spaniard’s legend has grown in recent seasons, after a successful stint in McLaren and his first podium with Ferrari in the Monaco Grand Prix this season.


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Ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Vettel spoke about Sainz and a letter he wrote back in his days with Red Bull.

Sebastian Vettel believes Sainz is better than people think


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With three career podiums to his name, Carlos Sainz Jr. has impressed many on more than one occasion. Although he’s been part of midfield teams for the majority of his career, the Spaniard has brought good results to each team he’s raced for. His stint with McLaren is considered to be one of his most successful in his F1 career.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Second placed Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. is celebrates second place with a trophy Pool via REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

In an interview with DAZN, Seb opened up about how Sainz deserves to be where he is at the moment. He also believes people underrate the 26-year-old Ferrari driver.

“I think he is doing very well, he deserves to be where he is. I know the people who work with him. He’s a very good boy,” said Vettel. (Translated via Google Translate)

“I’d say it’s a bit underrated. It’s better than people think.”


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Vettel recalls the letter he wrote for Sainz when he left Red Bull

During his time with Red Bull, Vettel won four world titles. However, after a disappointing 2014 season, the German joined Scuderia Ferrari in 2015. That season also saw the debut of Carlos Sainz Jr. in F1 with Toro Rosso.

SUZUKA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 02: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive during practice for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 2, 2009 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

In the interview, Vettel also spoke about a letter he wrote for the Spaniard before leaving Red Bull. The 33-year-old said, “He helped us a lot in those days, he was very mature for his age. I would very much appreciate if someone would show me their appreciation in a letter.”


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Although they are on different trajectories this season, Vettel and Sainz are on the rise after the Monaco Grand Prix. Voted ‘Driver of the Day’ in Monaco, Vettel will look to build on his P5 finish in the streets of Baku. As for Sainz, he will look to build on his first podium with Ferrari with another good showing in the “Land of Fire.”

Can the two former Toro Rosso drivers keep the momentum going for their teams?


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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.