“We are Having Competitions”: Leclerc Explains How Sainz Relationship is Different from Vettel

Published 06/11/2021, 5:45 AM EDT
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari talk after practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz is the youngest driver pairing in Ferrari’s history. Charles is 23 and Carlos is 26. This differs vastly from the age gap between Leclerc and Vettel, who was Charles’ teammate from 2019 to 2020. Vettel is a 4-time world champion and is a decade older than Leclerc.

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The Ferrari driver admits that the dynamics within the team have changed because of the arrival of the Spaniard. According to the Monegasque driver, Vettel was more experienced than him, so the dynamics were different.

Both the drivers have contributed to the team’s recent progress, as Ferrari has been on pole position in the last two races in Monaco and Baku.

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Different atmosphere in Ferrari since Sainz’s arrival- Charles Leclerc

According to PlanetF1, the atmosphere in the Italian team has been quite different since Carlos Sainz has arrived at Maranello. Charles Leclerc had described how his relationship with Sainz differs from his dynamic with Vettel.

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

“It is a different type of relationship because obviously, he is my age, so we are laughing at the same things,” said Leclerc. “We also have the same interests. We are having competitions in basically everything we do and it is all going well.”

When asked about the recent progress made by Ferrari and if they can challenge Mercedes and Red Bull, Leclerc said, “In Formula 1 everything takes time, and if you look at the gap on a normal track like Spain, we are still very far [away]. So there is still a lot of work to do. I think there is a big opportunity in 2022 with the new regulations, so this will be very important for us to start in the best way possible.”

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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Charles Leclerc in his Ferrari got the pole positions in the last two Grand Prix. He has finished in the points at every race this season and has helped place third in the constructor’s race.

Despite the recent progress, Ferrari is still lagging behind the front runners on race pace, and they are fighting for third in the constructor’s championship with Mclaren.

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What do you think? Can Ferrari challenge the front runners and get back to the top of F1 again?

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