Carlos Sainz Confused by His Reputation in F1 – “I Do Not Know Why. There Are Many Who Are Also Going to Live Near the Factory and Spend Hours Similar to Mine.”

Published 01/03/2022, 12:29 PM EST
Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 2, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference Hassan Ammar/Pool via REUTERS


Carlos Sainz is one of the most underrated drivers in Formula One. The Spaniard does not get the recognition and appreciation he deserves for his performances. Since 2019, he has been one of the most consistent drivers on the grid but has gone under the radar year after year.

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In 2021, he surprised everyone with his performance in his first year at Ferrari. He beat his teammate Charles Leclerc in the drivers’ standings and had more podiums than him in the season.

Sainz is frustrated with the tag of being a hardworking driver and people not recognizing his talent behind the wheel.

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I have the reputation of a worker and not a talent: Carlos Sainz

As reported by As.com, the Spanish driver is well aware of his tag of being a hardworking driver. But he mentioned that there is no substitute for talent in Formula One.

“Let’s see how I answer… no matter how hard you put in, if you don’t have talent, you don’t do a quick lap in qualifying. That is why I think it is mostly talent, and the rest I put it with work. 

But you would be surprised with what other pilots work. Perhaps there is not much talk, or I have the reputation of a worker and not a talent. I do not know why.” said Sainz. [Translated by Google]

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 21, 2021, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Sainz stated that the number of hours does not matter, but the quality of work matters. ” There are many who are also going to live near the factory and spend hours similar to mine.

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Another thing is that I be heavier, or dedicate more hours, but it does not mean that I work more, but that it is the quality of work. All I’m saying is that without talent, no matter how fast you go, you are not going to do fast laps in Formula 1.

Then you can misrepresent what I say… but it seems that I have earned the fame of being a worker, that I only go fast because I work. But you don’t adapt so quickly to a car without talent.” said Carlos.

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It is high time that F1 gives Sainz the recognition he deserves. He was arguably the best driver behind Max and Lewis in 2021. Hopefully, F1 fans will appreciate his talent in the coming years.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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