Sainz Explains His Efforts to Understand Poor F1 Starts at Ferrari Following McLaren Switch

Published 05/18/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Carlos Sainz took up a new challenge this year when he joined Ferrari for this season’s championship. Given that he raced for third-placed McLaren last year, people expected him to perform far better than he currently is. However, the Spaniard believes he still improving and building up his confidence in his new machinery.

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Having finished seventh in his home race at the Spanish Grand Prix, he now sits in eighth place with 20 points to his name. Sainz will hope to improve his form and bring better results for the Scuderia.

Carlos Sainz hoping to improve during his first season at the Scuderia

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As quoted by Autosport, Sainz said, “It’s a combination of factors to get that perfect result like Charles did. You need to first of all put the weekend completely together, and it comes to a good qualifying to make a good lap in Q3 to start further ahead. Then it wouldn’t have been an issue and then making the start.

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

“This is what I was particularly good at McLaren, putting the whole weekend together, and this is what I need to keep improving as the races go on with this team, to keep performing at the highest possible level,” Sainz concluded.

The Spaniard remains cautious about the Monaco Grand Prix

The next race on the calendar is the Monaco GP, coming up this weekend. Sainz is wary of how challenging the circuit but remains optimistic for a good result.

As quoted by GPFans, Sainz said, “I think it’s a very specific circuit. Obviously, having good downforce in the last sector [in Spain] gives you a good feeling and puts you in a good state of mind going into Monaco.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“Monaco has some specifics of car set-up, tyre preparation for the qualifying, but the cars are so different in Monaco that it could really change the picture a bit,” Sainz concluded.

Based on his recent performances over a race weekend, do you think that the Ferrari driver can deliver as he zips around Monaco? 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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