Carlos Sainz Names Most Peculiar Aspect of Ferrari: ‘That Shocked Me’

Published 03/23/2021, 7:40 AM EDT
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO : Carlos Sainz of Spain and McLaren F1 walks to the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Carlos Sainz left McLaren and moved to Ferrari this season. The Spaniard had always wanted to drive with the Maranello outfit; however, driving for McLaren is not the same as driving for any other team on the grid.

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Sainz had an incredible time at McLaren and the team was more closer than ever. The Spaniard had to leave a family at McLaren. However, there was a new family waiting for Carlos at Ferrari. In a recent interview, the Maranello member talked about what makes the team different than others.

“I was very shocked by the tifosi in Fiorano. People climbed on the fences just to see my installation lap in Fiorano … That shocked me.”

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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

“I said: ‘the number of times the tifosi will have climbed that fence, the number of times they will have come here to see Schumacher test the car, and now they are climbing there to see me.”

“‘And that feeling of saying’ this only happens at Ferrari ‘, because There is no other team that has a circuit in a town and that town goes there to see the car roll. A track in its town and a track in its factory. And the factory and the track are the center of the town. That is unique,” explained Carlos.

(Quotes have been translated via Google Translate)

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While Sainz has moved to Ferrari from McLaren this season, another Spaniard, Fernando Alonso, is making a comeback in 2021 with Alpine F1. Sainz has urged the Spanish fans to look forward to this Formula 1 season.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 12, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

He said, “I think it is a good time in Spain to continue re-engaging in Formula 1. I think we are in a year that I think is going to be quite nice, seeing both me at Ferrari and Fernando back at Alpine, and above all be patient, because 2022 is going to be a year of change.”

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last year, Carlos Sainz helped McLaren to their best finish since 2012. The Ferrari driver has momentum on his side, however, the car’s performance is going to be pertinent in deciding his first season with the Maranello outfit. Do you believe Sainz will live up to the Tifosis expectations?

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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