Sainz explains His Slow Pace in Comparison to Leclerc at Monza

Published 09/11/2021, 5:55 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard


Carlos Sainz was hoping to put in a stellar performance in the sprint race on Saturday afternoon. However, his horrific crash in FP2 earlier in the day took a toll on his confidence. Hence, he couldn’t close the gap to his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc.

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The Monegasque racing driver crossed the line in sixth place, while the Sainz had to settle for seventh place. However, the talking point between the two Scuderia drivers was Sainz’s gap to Leclerc, but the Spanish driver feels he will make up for it in Sunday’s race.

Carlos Sainz hopes to redeem himself tomorrow after a huge gap to Leclerc

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Sainz was hoping to have his Saturday off to a better start. However, his huge shunt in FP2 didn’t just damage the Ferrari, but also his damage. Hence, that is the reason he stated for not closing the gap to Leclerc in the sprint session. However, he is optimistic and believes he will regain his confidence in Sunday’s race.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard

As quoted from Motorsport.com, Sainz said, “After the start, I tried to rebuild my feeling with the car because after this morning’s accident I didn’t have much confidence. I tried not to force it and find my feeling for tomorrow’s race.” (Translated from Italian via Google)

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A day for redemption for Sainz

In his first appearance at the Italian Grand Prix as a Ferrari driver, Sainz was hoping to hit the ground running. However, his massive crash in the second practice session took a hit on his confidence levels.

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Regardless, Sainz crossed the line in seventh place but will gain a place due to Valtteri Bottas’s penalty. The Spanish driver is optimistic and hopes to gain a few places as they zip around Monza and seize a few points for Ferrari.

Where do you think will Sainz finish at the Italian Grand Prix? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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