Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz – Who Had the Edge Over the Other in Their First Season as Teammates at Ferrari F1?

Published 12/28/2021, 5:23 AM EST
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


When Carlos Sainz joined Ferrari at the start of the season, he brought a lot of hope to the Scuderia. With high expectations from Charles Leclerc, the Italian team was optimistic for the 2021 season.

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In the world of Formula One, your teammate is regarded as your biggest rival. So the Formula One community is curious to know how Sainz performed against Leclerc in his first season at Ferrari.

Did Carlos Sainz beat Charles Leclerc in his first season at Ferrari?

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The Spanish driver was replacing 4-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel. Hence, Sainz was carrying a lot of expectations when he put pen to paper with Ferrari for the 2021 season. On the other hand, Leclerc has been with the team since 2019 and has managed to bring in crucial results.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during practice REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

In the end, Sainz was able to outshine the Monegasque racing driver in his first season.

The former McLaren driver bagged four podiums and had 164.5 points to his name; finishing fifth in the drivers’ championship. Leclerc was able to achieve two pole positions, and one podium, finishing the season in seventh place with 159 points.

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Where did Ferrari finish in the constructors’ standings?

The 2020 season was a horrible year for the Maranello-based team, as they could only bag 131 points, resulting in them finishing sixth in the teams’ standings.

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In 2021, both drivers pushed themselves to the limit in order to redeem the Italian team.

Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 6, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action with Carlos Sainz Jr. during practice REUTERS/Henry Romero

As the season ended, Ferrari had 323.5 points courtesy of Sainz and Leclerc. This saw them finish the season in third place. With the 2022 season just a few months away, the Italian team is pleased with the progress made this season and will be aiming to fight for podiums and wins next year.

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What are your predictions for Ferrari as they get ready for the 2022 season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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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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