Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Reveals Why He’s Maintained a Good Relationship With Red Bull F1

Published 01/02/2022, 5:04 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 4, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. REUTERS/Henry Romero


Carlos Sainz has had a rather exciting Formula 1 journey so far, showcasing visible improvements with each passing season. His journey began with Red Bull Racing’s sister outfit, Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri) followed by a brief stint with Renault (now Alpine) and McLaren. And following the end of 2020, Sainz made a leap to Ferrari.

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A very commendable journey so far for the Spaniard, and not many in F1 often find themselves driving for a prestigious team like Scuderia Ferrari.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. celebrates on the podium with the trophy after finishing third in the race Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

Hence, considering he is one of the rare few, there is no denying that Sainz would be pleased with how his racing career has shaped up so far, with more success potentially awaiting him in the coming years amidst Ferrari’s desperate pursuit of glory.

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However, interestingly, despite landing a seat at the most successful Formula 1 team, Sainz opened up that he still hasn’t forgotten the abundant favors his former teams have provided him in the past and is still maintaining a good relationship with them and their teammates.

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What did Carlos Sainz say?

As reported by Speed Week, Sainz acknowledged that he has made more friends than he had initially expected to make. “I have the feeling that I’ve made friends in most cases,” he said.

And I try to maintain good relationships, even if in some cases you don’t see each other that often. I see some of the former team members as my friends, and when we meet in the paddock, we always exchange a few words.”

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What’s more, Sainz added that he is even in contact with Red Bull Racing, as he formerly worked with them as a simulator driver.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

I also keep in touch with the Renault people and even Red Bull Racing, for whom I once worked as a simulator driver. It is of course easy to lose sight of each other in the turbulent everyday racing life. But, it’s always nice when you meet again,” Sainz concluded.

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Overall, it is highly unlikely that Sainz will move to a different team at least until the end of 2025. So, can the charismatic Spaniard manage to build an inseparable bond with the Maranello outfit over his potentially long-term presence?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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