“Have To Work Hard To Get Everything Right” Carlos Sainz Mentions His Struggles in His First Year at Ferrari

Published 08/19/2021, 9:02 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix REUTERS/Florion Goga


Carlos Sainz has arguably been the best driver amongst those who switched teams this season. He has adapted really well and fast to the demands of the Ferrari. He has played a major role in the team’s fight for P3 in the constructor’s championship with McLaren.

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But the Spanish driver has mentioned that he is not entirely happy with his first season at Ferrari. He mentioned the areas where he still needs to improve and the areas where he has been let down by his car.

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It was a new beginning for me, with many question marks: Carlos Sainz

As reported by motorlat.com, Sainz analyzed his performances in the first 11 races with the Italian team. He compared his performances to his teammate Leclerc and gave an accurate and realistic assessment of his season so far.

“It was a new beginning for me, with many question marks. I knew I was facing one of the fastest drivers or the fastest, and the goal of every driver is to be the best on the grid, not just beat your teammate,” said Sainz.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

I came to a car that Charles knows quite well, with a team in which he is well integrated, all that makes you wonder how you will fit in. But now I can say that after half a year here, I am happy with the way I have dealt with everything. The speed was there from the beginning,” he commented on his experience with Ferrari.

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Carlos stated he has to work extra hard to get everything working at Ferrari. He also mentioned that he is still lacking the consistency of his teammate this season.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

I also have to admit that I still have to work hard to get everything right for a whole weekend regularly. I have the feeling that I am not piloting in a constant way as in 2019 and 2020, there are still some points that I need to improve,” said Sainz.

Sainz is currently three points ahead of his teammate Charles Leclerc and sitting on P6 on the drivers’ standings.

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Can Sainz get over his problems at Ferrari? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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