“Nobody Expected Much From Me” – Carlos Sainz Reveals Hitting Rock Bottom After Renault F1 Exit

Published 01/09/2021, 4:20 AM EST
AUTODROMO NAZIONALE, MONZA, ITALY: Carlos Sainz Jr. of McLaren F1 Team in the paddock during the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)


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.

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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.

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Carlos Sainz believes it is important to find stability in Formula 1

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.

AUTODROMO NAZIONALE, MONZA, ITALY: Carlos Sainz Jr. of McLaren F1 Team in the paddock during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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.

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Fans’ expectations will only be higher from Sainz following his move to Ferrari

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.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

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.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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