Carlos Sainz Rates Him on a Similar Level as Ferrari F1 Teammate Charles Leclerc

Published 09/21/2021, 8:04 AM EDT
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

So far in his first season with Scuderia Ferrari, Carlos Sainz has been immensely impressive. The Spaniard has already delivered two podiums for the Reds at the Monaco and Hungarian GP.


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Carlos Sainz currently sits seventh in the Driver’s championship, only seven and a half points behind his teammate, Charles Leclerc.

Meanwhile, the four-time Grand Prix winner, Carlos Sainz, believes he is on a similar level as Charles Leclerc, who is in his third full season with Ferrari.


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What did Carlos Sainz say?

As quoted by Formula Passion, Carlos Sainz reveals he is as aggressive as Charles Leclerc but at the moment he is still understanding his SF21.

“I arrived in Ferrari without expecting too much, without putting too many expectations on myself. On the other hand, I had a day and a half to learn the car. I think I did 150 or 200 laps before the opening race,” said Carlos Sainz.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini.

“In fact, with Charles, we are much more similar than you can imagine. If we look at the data, we see that one is better than the other by three cents on one curve, but three cents slower on the next.” (Quotes translated via Google)

I’m really happy for my former engineers: Sainz after McLaren won the Italian GP

Carlos Sainz, who has spent two years with McLaren before replacing the four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari, reveals he is thrilled after McLaren won their first race after the 2012 Brazilian GP.

Daniel Ricciardo ended McLaren’s 170 race losing streak at Monza. In addition, the Woking-based secured their first 1-2 finish after the 2010 Canadian GP.

“I’m really happy for my former engineers and the other people I worked with. I know how hard they worked for it. They have had tough times, and it’s nice from a historical point of view that McLaren wins again,” said Sainz.


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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

With this result, McLaren moves past Scuderia Ferrari to the third position in the Constructor’s championship.

“But unfortunately, they are fighting for third place in the Constructors’ Championship with us, and from that point of view, it was, of course, the worst possible result for us. But we are still within reach. They took their chance. Congratulations, but we will try to fight back in Russia,” concluded the Spaniard.


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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.