Carlos Sainz Dismisses Sebastian Vettel Theory at Ferrari – “Not Afraid of Being Devoured”

Published 03/24/2021, 6:25 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


As we all know, Ferrari has been part of Formula 1 ever since its inception in 1950. It is not just the most historic team, but also the most successful one of the sport. So, with its enormous brand and heritage, comes a bundle of expectations.

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And those expectations create pressure. Something that their driver, Carlos Sainz, is not oblivious of. The Spaniard put pen to paper on a deal with the team last year, aware of the fact that he was walking into the greatest pressure cooker of F1.

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

But he’s not fazed by it. In fact, not only does he believe that he won’t be devoured by the pressure of Ferrari, but also he thinks that this whole thing is a little overblown –

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“I think that, if I do things the way I plan to do them and how I want to do them … At the moment I don’t see it as exaggerated as people say, that ‘the Cavallino devours you, that Ferrari eats the drivers.

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The whole ‘Ferrari eats their drivers’ theory was brought into focus by Sebastian Vettel‘s plight. For the past couple of seasons, he’s looked like a shadow of the driver who won four world titles. His decline culminated in his worst-ever season last year.

So, his fans point the finger at the Italian outfit. But, according to Sainz, the German left a lasting legacy at Ferrari and should not be viewed that way. Not many drivers in the world could manage to achieve what he did in his five seasons with the team.

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“You see a Vettel and people say that Vettel has been eaten by Ferrari. And I’m hallucinating, because a driver who has spent five years in that team, who has won races and goes away with 11 victories, I don’t know How many podiums, and yes, without the ultimate goal, which is to be world champion, but history is being left behind at Ferrari, and it doesn’t seem to me that that driver was eaten,” said Sainz in an interview with Soy Motor.

” that’s how I see it, to see who would sign 11 victories with Ferrari like Sebastian has..”

SUZUKA, JAPAN: Pole position qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

His affection for Vettel also shines in these comments. Also, we can confidently prophesize that Sainz’s tenure at Ferrari will be a successful one. The Red Bull academy graduate has a clear head, is respectful, and is also aware of the climate of the team.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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