Carlos Sainz Not Revelling in Monaco Podium as Anger from Charles Leclerc’s Crash Still Lingers on

Published 06/04/2021, 2:36 AM CDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Carlos Sainz had a rollercoaster of a Grand Prix at Monaco in his new Ferrari overalls. The Spanish driver did manage to score his first podium for the Scuderia but is still angry about the weekend. Sainz stated that he was not happy about not being able to make it into the front row of the grid.


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The 26-year-old showed amazing pace through the weekend and looked like he could be one on pole. However, in the final round of qualifying, his teammate, Charles Leclerc had crashed, which red-flagged the session. Hence, Sainz had to settle for P4 on the starting grid.

Carlos Sainz still annoyed about his weekend at Monte Carlo


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Speaking at the press conference, as quoted by RaceFans, Sainz said, “At the beginning, particularly on Sunday, I didn’t get much of a buzz. I didn’t get to enjoy it as much as I probably should have.”

“I was still pretty angry about Saturday and I was still regretting not being able to be in the front row, at least of that qualifying due to what happened on the circumstances. So on Sunday, I still felt like second was not enough, for the pace we had that weekend.”

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Second placed Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. is celebrates second place with a trophy Pool via REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“But it was a bit of a relief at least to score the podium, to finish second, give the team a good result. Then as the day started to pass, I started to reflect a bit more on it and I started to be a bit more proud, a bit more happy of the weekend in general.” Sainz concluded.

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The Spaniard doesn’t feel confident that Ferrari will do good in Baku

Many would believe that Ferrari will have a similar result at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as they scored a podium at Monaco courtesy of Sainz. However, Sainz himself doesn’t think the Italian team will have a good race in the upcoming weekend.

He said, “It’s another street race but it has completely different characteristics. Baku is so tricky. You have all these very long straights. I think we spend two kilometers flat-out.”

He added, “We know that that is still a bit of a weakness for us in terms of top speed and acceleration, so we know that that is going to put us immediately a bit on the back foot going into the weekend.”

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

“But at the same time, if we manage to get the car working well in the slow corners like we did in Monaco, we can still maybe be decently competitive nothing close to Monaco, because Monaco.”


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I think it’s a bit of a one-off, a bit of a special case scenario, but we’re still going to try and score some good points this weekend and keep improving as a team,” he concluded.

Anything is possible in Formula One. Can Sainz achieve a better result at Baku than he did at Monaco and prove himself wrong? We only have to wait and find out.


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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.