Carlos Sainz Clarifies Ferrari F1 Aspirations: “That Was Misinterpreted”

Published 03/13/2021, 7:55 AM EST
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO : Carlos Sainz of Spain and McLaren F1 walks to the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Carlos Sainz joined Ferrari for 2021 on a two-year contract partnering with Charles Leclerc. Following the Ferrari team’s launch, the Spaniard was asked about his long-term goal with the Maranello outfit. He was quoted saying he wants to win a championship within five years.

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However, speaking ahead of his appearance in testing on Friday, he clarified that his comments about his goal with Ferrari were misinterpreted. He then moved to clarify what he really meant when it comes to his long-term goal.

“Charles asked me ‘where would you wish to be in five years? Obviously my honest answer is, what do I wish? I wish I was world champion in five years, which is a very obvious answer for any Formula 1 driver if you ask.”

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“I think that was misinterpreted to say ‘I want to be world champion in five years’, which is a common mistake sometimes the media does or what people do when interpreting the messages and changing a bit around my words from that question,” explained the Spaniard.

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The Spanish driver had a good season with McLaren last year. He helped create an impactful environment and ensure a P3 finish for the team on the standings. After clarifying his previous statements, he proceeded to discuss his approach with Ferrari.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – October 30, 2020. McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“I am looking forward to try and build a bit of stability here in Ferrari. The first couple of months have been very good, I’ve found the stability, I found that team that has welcomed me in a really nice manner and I’m feeling really comfortable.

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“Let’s see how it goes,” he said.

There is incredible competition on the Formula 1 grid currently. Winning a championship is an incredibly difficult task. However, the Spaniard does back himself and believes that with more experience and a good car, he will be able to claim the title soon.

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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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