Promising Signs for Ferrari F1 as Carlos Sainz Makes a Big Admission

Published 11/11/2021, 2:57 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 4, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. REUTERS/Henry Romero


Carlos Sainz had a rather quiet start to his campaign with Ferrari, hardly ever delivering noticeable performances despite consistently scoring points for the team. But of course, one can’t blame him for it, as he was still a rookie. And moreover, Charles Leclerc was in blazing form, clinching back-to-back pole positions.

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However, fortunes drastically turned in favor of the Spaniard with each passing weekend, and the limelight steadily moved away from the Monegasque; Sainz inched closer to Leclerc in the driver’s standings.

Now, not only is he within the striking distance of Leclerc but also hailing his understanding of the SF21 following the Mexican GP. Hence, there is a significant chance that Sainz might defeat both his current teammate and his former teammate to claim P5 in the championship.

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What did Carlos Sainz say?

Following the Mexican Grand Prix, Sainz reckoned he was as comfortable as ever during the race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. What’s more, he also acknowledged that, for the first time, it felt like he had been driving the SF21 for more than a year.

Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 6, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action with Carlos Sainz Jr. during practice REUTERS/Henry Romero

I would say that on Sunday, or over the weekend, I felt 100% comfortable with the car for the first time maybe since Austria or so,” he told Soy Motor. (Translated via Google Translate)

But yeah, I would say that I didn’t feel like it was my first year driving the car. I knew what the car was doing what it had to do to drive it perfectly.”

Sainz hails unusual race weekend in Mexico

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Ferrari struggling with one or the other issues over each race weekend had often been the case until the United States this season. However, in Mexico, that wasn’t the case, according to Sainz. The Spaniard reckoned he knew what he had to do over each and every corner of the track.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. celebrates on the podium with the trophy after finishing third in the race Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

We go to other tracks or are faced with other situations where I feel a bit that inexperienced. But, this time I felt completely comfortable. I knew exactly what I had to do in each corner, how to drive on the tires; probably the pace too. He showed it. I’m very happy in this regard,” he concluded.

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Overall, these are promising signs for Ferrari who have been keen on getting back to the top of the standings. With Sainz looking quite solid, the Maranello outfit will be a team to watch out for, come 2022. So, are we in for the rebirth of the championship-winning Ferrari next season?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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