Carlos Sainz Gives Verdict on Vettel’s Ferrari: “Was a Very Good Car”

Published 02/28/2021, 6:45 AM EST
MONTE CARLO, MONACO: Carlos Sainz Jr. of McLaren F1 Team in the paddock during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)


Carlos Sainz will be a Ferrari driver for the upcoming season of Formula One. The Spaniard has been testing their cars and training with the team ahead of his debut campaign for the Scuderia.

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He has spent time with Toro Rosso, Renault, and Mclaren before joining the Scuderia. The Spaniard got to drive the 2018 Ferrari, a car that he got to drive against during his time at Renault, and stated that it felt like driving a Formula One car again.

Sainz was in Fiorano with Leclerc trying their laps around the track, as they get ready for another year of racing. The team went through a horrible year, finishing 6th with 131 points in the constructors.

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Carlos Sainz experiences the adrenaline of the 2018 Ferrari

When he got to test the 2018 car for the first time, Sainz told RacingNews as quoted by RaceFans What I can tell you is that the 2018 Ferrari Formula 1 car was a very good car and it’s a car that impressed me straight away out of the garage in Fiorano. I enjoyed it a lot because it allowed me to feel a Formula 1 car again after a couple of months of [being] stopped. The balance, the power, the driveability, it was quite impressive.”

The Spaniard added, “I remember in 2018 looking at how good that Ferrari was, looking at the onboards and immediately as soon as I jumped in the car I could feel why that car was so successful in 2018 and why it took so many pole positions and wins. So I definitely enjoyed it. And Fiorano for me was a great day just to feel that and my first day as a Formula 1 Ferrari driver.”

Those eyes 👀#essereFerrari 🔴 @CarlosSainz55 pic.twitter.com/6fRLhYRZK9

— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) February 6, 2021

Sebastian Vettel was once piloting that car it was his best chance year on the grid with the Italian team though he came second in the driver’s title, he took 5 wins and 12 podiums but didn’t have enough points to catch Mercedes’s, Lewis Hamilton. However, he struggled from time to time and found himself spinning around the track, hence his hunt for the title faded away.

The Scuderia looking for redemption in 2021

The Maranello-based team went through some tough times during the 2020 season, they finished 6th in the constructors due to a lackluster power unit that saw them drop in performances throughout the year.

The Scuderia have brought in Mclaren’s Sainz to help them battle for the 2021 season. He and Leclerc have a mammoth task ahead of them to carry the Tifosi to the top of the grid where they belong.

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – AUGUST 04: Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and France during the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 04, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

Ferrari has their second launch, which will see them unveil their 2021 contender on 10th March. The team will fly out to Bahrain for the pre-season testing and the opening race in Bahrain, Hopefully, the team can deliver a car to their talent lineup that is worthy to fight for the title.

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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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