Ferrari’s Sainz Not Fooled by Mercedes’ Struggles in F1 Testing

Published 03/18/2021, 7:19 AM EDT
AUTODROMO NAZIONALE, MONZA, ITALY: Carlos Sainz Jr. of McLaren F1 Team in the paddock during the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Carlos Sainz has spoken about Mercedes and how he doesn’t think too much of how their pre-season testing went. The Silver Arrows endured a terrible time in Bahrain while putting in laps around the circuit.


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The Brackley-based team had gearbox issues and their drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, had a tough time as they zipped around the track while preparing for the opening race of the season.

Sainz stated it’s too early to say where teams stand and believes we will know this only once the season gets underway. Moreover, he also believes that Mercedes, who had a terrible pre-season testing, will come back strong in the upcoming championship.


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BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 11: Carlos Sainz of Spain and McLaren F1 looks dejected in the Pitlane during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 11, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Carlos Sainz isn’t passing judgement on Mercedes or other teams just yet

In an interview with as quoted by Planet F1, Sainz said, “I believe nothing about Mercedes or what I see from the other teams. It’s still too soon.

While talking about the other teams that put up a fight in 2021, Sainz commented, “The Red Bull looks good, the McLaren I’m sure it’s going to be there, because the car, just with a smaller engine, that already allows you to improve the aerodynamics of the car and have more power, better and better.”

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“So McLaren is going to take a step forward. Alpine doesn’t look bad either, and now it is time to wait and see what Ferrari can do,” he concluded.

The Silver Arrows will be back on opening day.

Mercedes driver, Valtteri Bottas knows that team will be back in terms of performance once the season starts despite having some troubles. He jokes about the team sandbagging, just to give their rivals hope.

In an interview with Sky Sports as quoted by Planet F1, he said, “Well, you know, we are sandbagging, always in testing, so that’s it. I absolutely believe the car and the team, it has the potential [to win the title]. I don’t think it’s yet there as a package in terms of performance, but I’ve no doubt we will work hard to find it somehow.”


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SOCHI, RUSSIA: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The answers will only be known once the light goes out in Bahrain for the opening race of the season.

Will the Silver Arrows’ struggles spill over into the season, or will they dominate the track once again and win their eighth consecutive title? Let us know in the comments below.


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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.