Ferrari F1’s Carlos Sainz Tells a Puzzled Charles Leclerc the Story of His Full Name

Published 03/20/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO : Carlos Sainz of Spain and McLaren F1 walks to the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


It looks like there is a new F1 bromance in town. And this one doesn’t involve Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. However, it does involve one former McLaren driver – Carlos Sainz.

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With the Spaniard joining Ferrari for the 2021 F1 season, he will be paired with Charles Leclerc, and from the looks of it, the two seem to be gelling well, or at least they seemed to be while playing a game of two truths and one lie. However, an interesting talking point from the video wasn’t concerning the game itself, but Sainz himself.

For the first time, the Spanish racer’s full name was revealed. And having heard it, fans can be happy that he just chose to simply stick with Carlos Sainz Jr.

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Sainz’s full name was so long that it left his teammate completely baffled. Only the first few words from his whole name were decipherable since Carlos chose to zoom past on the rest of the words. But at least we now know it isn’t as simple as what fans call him.

He said his full name was, “Carlos Sainz Vazquez de Castro…” and fans couldn’t comprehend the words that followed.

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Carlos Sainz tells a baffled Charles Leclerc why he has such a long name

Leclerc, like most fans, lost track of his name after the first five words. He asked his new teammate the reason behind having such a long name, and Sainz gladly chose to inform him about his genealogical tree.

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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN. Charles Leclerc of Ferrari looks dejected in parc ferme. F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Will Taylor-Medhurst/Getty Images)

He said that his whole name includes the surname of his grandfather on his father’s side, the grandfather of his mum, the grandmother on his father’s side followed by the grandmother on his mother’s side, and so on.

However, Sainz also informed the Monegasque that it wasn’t common practice to know your entire name. But his family were interested in knowing their genealogical tree.

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Both Scuderia drivers will soon be seen in action on March 28 during the season opener at Bahrain. Sainz is eager to share the secrets of his former teams if it means he can help the Maranello-based outfit. But only time will tell whether Leclerc and he can help salvage the damaged reputation of the Prancing Horse.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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