Carlos Sainz Jr has been touring the Ferrari headquarters in Maranello ahead of his switch to the Italian team for 2021. According to Scuderiafans, during the seat fitting, Sainz apparently revealed that he is looking to stay longer than his initial deal of two years with Ferrari.
Speaking to Spanish media, the former McLaren driver spoke about his goal over the upcoming two-year contract. “Our common goal is for these two years to be successful,” he said.
“I come to Ferrari without an expiration date. But everyone’s first goal is two good years in the right direction. I want to open a cycle.”
Ferrari are known for signing huge contracts, with Leclerc being the prime example.
The Monegasque entered Ferrari with just a one-year contract. However, Ferrari looked rather impressed by Leclerc’s pace. Hence, considering the offer from Ferrari, Leclerc recently signed a whopping 5-year contract and hence, will stick with the team until the end of 2024.
Similarly, Sainz will also most likely renew his contract after the first two seasons with the team. Thus, one can see the Spaniard wearing that red suit, at least until the end of 2024, unless he gets a better offer from other teams.
The Spaniard was pretty sound, with his upcoming battle against Leclerc and other opponents. “I come to Ferrari to bring the team back to the top and to leave my opponents behind, including my own teammate,” he said.
It could be a tough task for Sainz to stay serious, considering that Lando Norris has been his teammate for the last two seasons. His next teammate isn’t as cheeky as Norris and is rather serious.
Hence, one might wonder that the massive contrast in personality might just deny Sainz from building a strong relationship with Leclerc. However, it looks like the Spaniard is quite aware of that, and is also looking to stay serious from the moment he steps into that Prancing Horse.
“It is not very difficult to be more serious and quiet than Lando. So in that way, he (Leclerc) is more like me,” Sainz said. “But I am very sure we will have a great time.”
Overall, this line-up looks quite juicy, and neither of the drivers will go down without a fight. Hence, the fans can definitely count on some wheel-to-wheel battles throughout the next couple of seasons.
Who do you think will come out on top?