Carlos Sainz Drops in a Promising Update on His Relationship With Charles Leclerc

Published 08/14/2021, 8:23 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


It was a shock for Formula One when Ferrari dropped Sebastian Vettel for Carlos Sainz. Vettel had been the main man at the Italian team for five seasons, who was fighting for championships. It made sense that Carlos Sainz accepted to join Ferrari as he was instrumental in McLaren’s recent success.

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There might have been some doubts from Sainz going into Ferrari after the disastrous 2020 season. But the Spanish driver mentioned he was very much looking forward to driving for the legendary brand and challenge Charles Leclerc. At the mid-season break, Sainz analyzed his first half of the season with Ferrari.

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The relationship with Charles Leclerc is super good: Carlos Sainz

In the GP Racing Magazine, Sainz mentioned he is settling in with the team. He also stated that he is getting along very well with teammate Charles Leclerc as they both continue to take the team to new heights.

The relationship with Charles Leclerc is super good. I’m enjoying it a lot because we have this great competition between each other, a bit of banter. After every quali, after every race, we shake hands, but we are pushing, we are flat out.” said Sainz.

“We are crazy sometimes with some high-speed corners and the way we do them, and it’s great. I am enjoying the battle and the camaraderie with him [Charles],” said Carlos.

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The Spaniard doesn’t think that 2021 is his strongest season in F1

Sainz is going well in his first season with the Prancing Horses. But the Spanish driver has mentioned that the 2021 season is not his strongest season in F1 despite racking up most points in 11 races in his career.

It doesn’t feel like my strongest season in F1 definitely,” said Sainz.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix REUTERS/Florian Goga

I feel like there’s a lot of points, a lot of missed opportunities here and there. I think I said that before this race that I feel like I haven’t maximized a weekend, yet as a Ferrari driver I haven’t put a whole weekend together, and this is something that I used to do very well.

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“And maybe it’s just being part of a team. It just takes time, to maximize weekends,” said Carlos.

Sainz is currently ahead of Leclerc with 83 points and Charles is on 80 points.

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Can Sainz continue his good form with Ferrari? Let us know.

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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 Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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