Hamilton Lauds “Very Strong Couple” of Sainz & Leclerc at Ferrari

Published 06/14/2021, 7:54 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Second placed Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. is celebrates second place with a trophy Pool via REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


After Ferrari endured one of their worst seasons in 2020, many doubted Carlos Sainz’s choice to move to the Italian outfit this season. However, Ferrari look a much improved team from last season, with Sainz and Leclerc looking strong as teammates. One driver who singled out their pairing is defending champion Lewis Hamilton.

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While acknowledging the new generation of F1 drivers, Hamilton believes Ferrari look strong in terms of their driver pairing.

Lewis Hamilton believes Carlos Sainz is fitting well in Ferrari

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Although Sainz struggled in the first four races this season, he stormed to his first podium with Ferrari in Monaco. The Spaniard put in good laps during practice and qualifying sessions in Baku, although he finished P9.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Mark Sutton

In an interview with Corriere, Hamilton believes the future of F1 looks bright. He mentioned Sainz’s current season with Ferrari, and how he’s doing well with Charles Leclerc in the Italian outfit.

The Briton said, “I don’t watch rivals much, but the new ones are great. Lando Norris, George Russell, Charles, and above all Carlos: as soon as he got into the Ferrari he is driving very well, with Leclerc he forms a very strong couple. 

“F1 is in good hands, I foresee a fun future.” (Quotes translated from Google)

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Although the Briton qualified P2 in Baku, his race ended in disaster as he finished P15. While his title rival Max Verstappen crashed, Hamilton couldn’t take advantage and reclaim the lead in the driver’s championship.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc seen in the background REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

However, the French Grand Prix gives Hamilton a great opportunity to bounce back after two dismal races in Monaco and Baku. The seven-time world champion is the only winner in Le Castellet since it returned to the F1 calendar in 2018.

With F1 returning to Circuit Paul Ricard after a two-year hiatus, can the defending champion reclaim the championship lead on June 20?

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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