Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Recalls the Time He “Was Very Angry With Myself”

Published 03/25/2021, 6:03 AM EDT
MONTE CARLO, MONACO: Carlos Sainz Jr. of McLaren F1 Team in the paddock during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)


Carlos Sainz helped McLaren last season to post their best result since 2012. However, he parted ways with the Woking outfit and joined Ferrari at the end of last season. His goal at the Maranello outfit is also to help the team climb as high as possible on the championship table.

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However, as a Ferrari driver, there is immense pressure to deliver results and Sainz must already be feeling it. Known as the smooth operator, the Spaniard is usually very calm; however, even the calmest of drivers can lose their cool sometimes.

And Carlos is no different. In an interview, he shared an incident from 2020 when he lost his temper and got very angry.

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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

“I think it was Russia, this year –2020–. I was very angry with myself, I am not going to deceive you. I hit the wall by myself. Imagine the anger. I was very angry with myself and I remember that that night I had a hard time sleeping,” said the Ferrai driver.

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Sainz hopes to work with Charles Leclerc and help Ferrari deliver a strong performance this season. However, there is immense pressure on the Spaniard. He would like to deliver for Tifosis, but it all depends on how Ferrari’s power units will perform this season.

Amid all the pressure, he explained how he handles the pressure and ensures to not lose his cool. “It costs me the confrontation, the anger. Unless I have very powerful reasons, I do not jump. I try to think twice.”

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Meanwhile, the article also lauds the Spaniard for what he brings to the table. “They all [at Ferrari] agree on his intelligence and maturity, his analytical skills and the ease of working with him,” stated the article.

Carlos Sainz will make his racing debut with Ferrari this Friday as the practice session kicks off at the Bahrain Grand Prix. It will be interesting to see how well he adapts to the Ferrari car and how the season pans out for the Spaniard.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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