Ferrari F1 Claims Carlos Sainz-Charles Leclerc Tandem Is ‘As Good as It Gets’

Published 12/27/2021, 3:09 PM EST
Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 21, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. play basketball ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Mike Blake


The dynamic duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz has been an absolute blessing to Ferrari. Frankly, the pair have been the strongest partnership on the paddock this season, and one the sport hasn’t seen in a long time.

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Both on and off the track, Leclerc, and Sainz have been mesmerizing. Up until the last race of the season, both drivers were a couple of points away from each other on the constructor’s board- always shifting hands for the P5 position. On the track, the two have almost neck and neck. Racing director Laurent Mekies believes that the perfect balance has been found.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. after the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

“We think it’s one of the strong points we do get now, not only because they describe what they feel, but also because they have the will and motivation to go back and work with us on finding solutions.” Having one of the youngest pairings on the grid comes with its risks, but for Ferrari, it has paid off.

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To put it simply, “the way they complement each other, Carlos and Charles, is at the moment as good as it gets.” 

Additionally, when the two find themselves at odds with each other, it somehow benefits the team. “They don’t always agree, which again gives us a chance to look at things in a wider way.” By the looks of it, it’s a win-win situation for Ferrari.

Ferrari found its power duo

The team seems to be feeding off the energy of their drivers. Even off the track, the two are rarely seen without the other- and the chemistry seems to be genuine. Despite Sainz outscoring Leclerc in his debut year, the Monegasque was genuinely happy for his teammate.

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Mekies reveals that all of this holds true behind the scenes as well, describing their relationship as “deeper than being friends.”

“The level of respect, the level of desire to work together, the level of trust in both as characters and in technical abilities, is huge. They both share the same drive to push the team to recover.”

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Therefore, it’s no surprise the two managed to push Ferrari to the well-deserved P3 in the constructor’s championship. Now, with a clean slate in 2022 and the Prancing Horses’ promise of a beast of a machine, maybe it will be the men in red to look out for.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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