‘Distanced’ Carlos Sainz Admits Change in Approach Amidst Diminishing F1 Title Hopes

Published 06/16/2022, 3:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 12, 2022 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The Azerbaijan GP was a disaster for Ferrari, as both Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc were forced to retire. Moreover, this result is arguably the nail in the coffin for Sainz’s championship aspirations. The Spaniard is now 5th in the table and is already 67 points behind leader Verstappen.

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As a result, the Spaniard has revealed that his focus has shifted. While he endured an impressive start to life in Ferrari, this season Sainz has made costly errors.

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Speaking to Marca on his championship hopes, he said, “In that sense my approach has changed a bit because it is true that I have distanced myself a lot in the world championship. From that perspective I prefer not to think about the championship.” 

“I saw that I wasn’t comfortable enough with the car to go for poles and victories and perhaps wanting to win and be on pole made me make a few too many mistakes.”

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Instead of focusing on the title aspirations, Sainz is prioritizing adapting to the F1-75. He has been known for his consistency, but that has not been the case this year with 3 DNFs to his name.

“My strength has always been perseverance and knowing how to wait for my moment, so I think it’s time to be a little more patient this year and wait until I feel a little more comfortable with the car,” he added.

Carlos Sainz remains optimistic despite Ferrari F1 struggles

It is fair to say that things have not been smooth for Carlos ‘smooth operator’ Sainz. He started the season positively, securing two podium finishes in the first two races. However, his DNF in Australia and Imola cost him strong momentum.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 12, 2022 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. being interviewed after retiring from the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

With a retirement in Baku after an impressive second-place finish in Monaco, the 27-year-old is struggling for momentum but revealed that Ferrari has performed well this season.

He stated, “It’s part of the experience and part of the process. I think we’ve been quite solid as a team, honestly, this year. There’s been some niggles here and there but I think the team is doing a very good job. Yes, we’ve run into our first double reliability issue, but I think the team is doing a great job.”

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Rahul Madhavan

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Rahul Madhavan is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor's degree in business administration, he is pursuing his love for sports in the form of writing. Rahul is an avid McLaren fan, who also enjoys writing about soccer.

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