Sainz Gives His Seal of Approval to Ferrari F1 Team Orders After Leclerc Swap in Austria

Published 07/09/2021, 8:31 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


Carlos Sainz delivered one of his best performances at the Red Bull ring last weekend. Ferrari’s strategies with the tires meant that towards the end of the race, team orders were put in place. His teammate, Charles Leclerc, had to withhold a battle with Daniel Ricciardo, and let Sainz take his place. This turned out to be a success as the Spaniard finished fifth, while Leclerc trailed three places behind him.

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Sainz talked about the team orders recently, saying, “We work together as a team, we push as hard as we can, we try to push the team forward. There will be races where Charles is ahead or I will have to get ahead of him like in Portimao, which makes sense.” The Chilli is on his debut season with the Prancing Horses and has shown great potential so far. Charles and Carlos seem to make a good equation on track- pushing through the crowds to score points.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc arrive for testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The teamwork of the Ferrari drivers has helped the team compete with McLaren for P3 in the constructor’s championship. They are currently 19 points behind Mclaren and have a lot of races coming their way to make that gap smaller.

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Ferrari’s youngest pairing

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The two drivers have taken the red team to another level this season. After the 2020 season, Ferrari would’ve looked to a fresher and faster lineup, and the current pairing delivers. Sainz’s pace and tire management equate well with Leclerc’s overtaking and competitiveness. The races so far have only proved that these two can take Ferrari where they want to be.

Tifosi’s saviors are putting the team back in Ferrari’s rightful place-the grid’s front. With two drivers making the grade as opposed to McLaren’s one, the team has a fighting chance for the third position in the championship. It’s going to be a close fight between the two, and as the smooth operator would say, “Vamos!”

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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