Ferrari has gotten a solid and capable driver in Carlos Sainz, who has himself come a long way in Formula 1. The Spaniard will now test his capabilities with a team that is heading towards the path of resurgence.
Following his departure from Renault in 2018, it was tough to see where Sainz would end up. But the departure of Fernando Alonso ensured that McLaren made a proposal for Sainz to occupy that seat.
The 26-year-old reveals that following a hard year with Renault, expectations from him were quite low. But over time he has now become one of the more skilled drivers in F1.
Speaking in an interview, Sainz said, “After a difficult year with Renault, nobody expected much from me. In Toro Rosso I had had a few first years with a very good progression, but then there was a difficult one at Renault, I will not deny it.” (translated from Google Translate)
After an initial period of adaptation in 2019, Sainz slowly started finding his feet at McLaren. His reward for consistency did not come until the penultimate race when he secured a deserved P3 in Brazil.
Sainz continued, “Finding myself within a team with stability, confidence and a project in the medium term allowed me to go up one more gear in myself, in my driving, in my way of running in Formula 1. It is possible that this to Zak (Brown) or Andreas ( Seidl) caught them by surprise, but I knew I had it inside.”
“It is important to find stability in this sport and it would happen to any other athlete. Settling in a team, within the same circle of people, allows you to compete better,” concluded Sainz on the topic.
The Italian giants’ fanbase named the ‘tifosi’ are a demanding group used to success from previous years. Even from afar, both Charles Leclerc and Sainz are bound to face the pressure and expectations of these fans.
With Ferrari indicating positive signals with its power unit, things do seem to be progressing well. It is only a matter of time then before Sainz can start to produce results for his new team.