Carlos Sainz Explains Why He Doesn’t ‘Mess’ with Ferrari F1 Teammate Charles Leclerc

Published 08/17/2021, 9:33 AM EDT
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


Carlos Sainz has arguably been the most impressive driver of the season. The Spaniard moved from Mclaren to Ferrari to join Charles Leclerc as his teammate. But just like with his time at McLaren, Sainz has developed a friendly partnership with his teammate.

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Carlos, who was known for his bromance with Lando Norris at McLaren, has started a new bromance with Leclerc in Ferrari. When asked if creating friendly rivalries with his teammate is part of his strategy, Sainz gave a very prompt answer.

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Ferrari driver gives the reason behind his bromances with teammates

Sainz mentioned that he approaches every team that he works with without any animosity and prejudices. He also revealed that he only wants his team to succeed in the sport.

“That has nothing to do with a strategy. I approach a team openly without prejudices or animosities. It’s important to enjoy the job,” said the Ferrari driver to Auto Motor Und Sport.

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

“If I enjoy it, my performance is better. Why should I mess with my teammate? It doesn’t do me any good. It works better if you can laugh about things together and joke about good and bad laps in qualifying. If we both work in the same direction, the atmosphere in the team is better and we make faster progress,” said Sainz.

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As reported by GIVEMESPORT, Sainz stated that he and the team are working very hard to beat Mclaren in the constructors’ championship this season. Analyzing his own performance, the Ferrari driver mentioned he was lacking consistency with the car.

“My pace is right, but there is a lack of consistency,” said Sainz.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr in action during practice REUTERS/Florian Goga

“And today you really do have to put all the puzzle pieces in the right place to show a good racing performance. I’m doing better now and it has comforted me to see that I was always close to Charles in terms of speed. But he has managed to put better weekends together,” stated Carlos.

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Carlos is three points ahead of his teammate in the driver’s championship while Ferrari is currently tied with McLaren on P3 in the constructor’s title. Can Sainz help the Italian team finish ahead of his former team?

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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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