I Am Not the Carlos of McLaren at Ferrari F1: Sainz

Published 06/09/2021, 2:51 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Carlos Sainz left McLaren and joined Ferrari at the start of the 2021 season, replacing 4-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel.

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In his new chapter at the Scuderia, Sainz gelled into the team pretty. He scored a podium by coming second at the Monaco GP, his best finish yet.

However, Sainz has mentioned that he isn’t the Carlos of the second year in McLaren. Where he was in sync with the car and knew everything, Sainz feels he still needs more time to understand Ferrari’s package.

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Carlos Sainz still feels there is time to get used to the new machinery

In an interview, Sky Sports F1, Sainz said, “I feel I am driving well, I am still not at the best that I can be. I always say I am not the Carlos of the second year in McLaren.

“Where it was, you know a bit better the car, the whole package. the team. But I am getting there trying to make the learning process as quickly as possible.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

So, what is he doing to become the Carlos of McLaren at Ferrari? “I am living now in Maranello, there is a lot of hours on the simulator, a lot of hours on analysis, a lot time spent with the engineers, I don’t know how much difference it’s making, it’s impossible to calculate. But I really hope it’s making a difference and helping me to adapt quicker,” Sainz concluded.

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How’s the Spaniard doing in the Italian team?

The 26-year-old joined the Maranello-based squad for the 2021 championship, partnering up with Charles Leclerc. Sainz has a points finish in five out of the six races so far this season.

His best results were at the Emilia GP, where he placed fifth, and the Monaco GP where he came second and earned his first podium in red.

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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

Sainz still has a long way to go in his first season at Ferrari and is hoping to make the most out of the opportunity. As of now, the Italian team sits in third place in the constructor’s championship with 94 points to their name. Sainz will be looking to increase the points tally and take the fight to Red Bull and Mercedes.

The next round takes us to France, Sainz would be hoping to get a better result than the one achieved at Baku, where he placed 8th. What are your predictions for Carlos at the French GP? 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.

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