Carlos Sainz Fires Back at Recent McLaren F1 Suggestions

Published 09/20/2021, 8:20 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


McLaren had a great weekend at the Italian Grand Prix. The Woking-based team finished 1-2 for the first time since 2010 in Canada with Ricciardo taking the win and Norris finishing behind him. When asked if he regrets his move to Ferrari, Carlos Sainz mentioned he is having the best time at the Italian team.

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Sainz drove for McLaren in 2019 and 2020, and he was a part of the reason for the British team’s resurgence to where they are right now. But mentioned that he does not miss driving for them.

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The answer is no; I do not miss McLaren: Carlos Sainz

As reported by Marca.com, the Spanish driver stated that nobody asked him if he missed McLaren when he finished p2 and almost was on pole at Monaco. He mentions he finds the question strange as he is having the best year at the Italian team.

“In Monaco, no one told me ‘it’s good that you went to Ferrari with almost pole and almost victory’, nor in Hungary does anyone ask you about McLaren and, suddenly, they win a race and everyone else ‘if you had been in McLaren you could have won.'” said Sainz.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard

“The answer is no. I do not miss McLaren, I am having the best year of my life at Ferrari, I would not change it for anything, time will tell if I was wrong, but I am very confident in this project, not winning a race but in the next years,” stated the Ferrari driver.

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The Ferrari driver feels 2022 will be a fresh start for F1

The Spaniard stated that, just like everyone else, he, too, is looking forward to the 2022 season. He mentioned he is not aware of other teams are working on their cars, but Ferrari will fight till the end of the next season.

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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 will be a ‘reset’ of F1, in general. It will be a very big change in the last 20 years, a fresh start for everyone. I ask to be as prepared as possible for that change. We have been working on that car since January, 90% of the time in the simulator as well.

 “The factory talks and meetings … everything for that car. No idea how the others will arrive, but we are not leaving anything to do to fight to win again,” concluded Sainz.

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Ferrari are currently fighting McLaren for P3 in the constructor’s championship. They are 13.5 points behind their rivals with 8 races to go in the 2021 season.

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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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