Carlos Sainz Explains How Ferrari Can Beat McLaren in 2021 F1 Battle

Published 04/25/2021, 6:31 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Ferrari’s latest signing Carlos Sainz believes that they can beat his former team, McLaren in 2021. The Spanish drive has not been able to find the pace of the car but thinks they will beat the Woking-based outfit this season.

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The Maranello-based team had a horrible season last year. The team came sixth in the constructor’s championship with just 131 points. However, with new blood in the form of Sainz, they think they push and even beat the orange team on the grid.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Ferrari currently sit in fourth place in the championship, with McLaren in third with 53 points. Only two races have been crossed off the 2021 F1 calendar so far, but the Italian team believe they can beat their rivals.

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As quoted by Racer, Sainz stated, “I think it is very tight, honestly. It is very difficult to pick from. I think the McLaren has its strengths and its weaknesses, and us the same. What makes it a really nice fight is that we are quick in very different places on the track and it makes it a very fun battle.

“Maybe they have a bit of an upper hand the last two races. As soon as we do a very good weekend and we go to a track that maybe favors us a little bit, we can be ahead,” Sainz concluded.

Sainz hopes to replicate the same bromance with Charles as he did with Norris

It is without a shadow of a doubt, that the Sainz and Lando Norris friendship was one of the best we have seen in recent years. Sainz would love to form the same bromance with Charles Leclerc at Ferrari.

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As quoted by Autosport, Sainz said, “I would lie if I said I’ve not talked to Charles. Of course I have. Of course I am paying attention that what happens over there, and asking him questions now and then.

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

“Until you get inside the team, it’s difficult to really understand and really tricky to know what is going on. My relationship with Charles actually is very good. I expect to get on well with him in the future.”

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The next round of the championship takes us to Portugal. The Scuderia hopes that they can improve on their results and get a win or at least a podium.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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