Sainz Has a More ‘Rational Approach’ to F1 Compared to Fernando Alonso: Former McLaren Driver

Published 04/06/2021, 5:48 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


Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz are the two drivers currently representing Spain in the realm of Formula One. While they are both great in their own ways, Pedro de la Rosa, a former F1 driver, thinks that there is one key difference that separates both of them.

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During Saturday’s qualifying session, Sainz put the eighth fastest lap around the circuit. And alongside him was the two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso, who qualified ninth for Sunday’s race.

In his debut race for the Maranello-based, Sainz crossed the line in eighth place and brought home four points for the team. On the other hand, Alonso’s comeback didn’t go as planned as he had to retire after just 32 laps in Bahrain.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

De la Rosa thinks Carlos Sainz and Alonso have different approaches to racing

In an episode of the podcast, F1 Nation, Rosa said, “Carlos has more understanding and rational approach. So he likes to understand the car, what he is driving and slowly build up the speed.

“I mean to slowly to an extent of Formula One driver, you just bang it on.”

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

He added, “They are a bit different, this doesn’t mean one is better than the other. They’re just different. But I think for what Ferrari needs, he has the right approach at this moment, with Mattia Binotto and Charles next to him.

“So, he will do well.”

Sainz states he will push the limits of the Ferrari

As the Spanish driver prepares for Ferrari’s home Grand Prix in Imola. He stated he won’t go easy and will be more aggressive behind the wheel and has learned things from the Bahrain race.

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Sainz said, “I had a poor start. Basically due to a couple of mistakes, but also me consistently taking it, maybe, a bit too easy in Lap 1, just wanting to make sure I made it through that Lap 1 and making sure that I was getting to know the car in dirty air conditions.”

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“It [was] a completely new experience, completely new car, so I wanted to take it easy and wanted to make sure I did the whole race. Then once I got myself into clean air, honestly, I was very quick, so I’m not going to complain, I’m going to take it and take it as a learning curve and keep improving,” Carlos concluded.

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Can Alonso‘s years of experience be helpful in defeating Sainz or will Sainz push Ferrari’s boundaries to win? We will have to wait till April 18 to get our answers.

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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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