When Ferrari decided to let go of Sebastian Vettel, they were looking at different candidates to replace him. They needed to make sure they found the driver with the right profile; one who is quick and someone who may be willing to accept the role of a team player. And also someone who was a consistent points scorer.
That’s when they stumbled upon Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard is the right mix for them. He has sufficient experience that could help them in the development of their car as well.
But what about his relationship with his teammate? His bond with Lando Norris was key in McLaren grabbing 3rd place in the Constructors’ Championship. And that might have played a part in convincing Ferrari of his signature.
Carlos’ father and namesake also thinks that they will get along very well, as both of them have a common goal. “He trusts Mattia Binotto, in engineers and is convinced that he will have a good relationship with Charles…
“They are two very fast and intelligent young talents who can work well together, helping the red to grow,” said Sainz Sr.
The Red Bull Academy graduate is himself making an effort to form a bond with his younger teammate. While it is strong as of now, he believes it will get better as the two get to know each other more.
“Charles and I get along well, we often talk on the phone. I think it is already fine, we will get even better with the passage of time”
It is hard not to take Sainz for his word as his relationship with Lando only improved with time. Even though the Briton was the more heralded driver in the team. And was threatening Carlos’ position within the team, but the former Renault driver held his own and beat him in both their seasons together.
But they still had no animosity towards each other; only a goofy friendship. So, it’s hard to see him not getting along with Leclerc, who is also of a similar age to Norris. Else Ferrari would have signed him, let alone consider his candidature.