‘This Is Gonna Bring the Team Forward’ – Carlos Sainz’s Unique Approach With Ferrari Teammate Leclerc

Published 02/27/2021, 5:20 AM EST
MONTE CARLO, MONACO: Carlos Sainz Jr. of McLaren F1 Team in the paddock during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)


After Ferrari’s 2020 woes, it’s up to Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to work together and bring the team back to the glory. The F1 community lauded the Spaniard for the culture he helped bring to McLaren’s environment and his relationship with Lando Norris.

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At the team’s 2021 launch campaign, Sainz appeared alongside Leclerc and team principal Mattia Binotto in his first official engagement in the red uniform. In the interview, he explained his budding relationship with Charles Leclerc.

“I’ve always had a good relationship with my teammates and the start with Charles is as good as it can be. We are spending a lot of time together we are actually having quite a lot of fun here in Maranello.

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“We are pushing the team in very similar directions and working very hard.

“If anything, as Charles said, I’ve never spent nearly as much time as I have with a teammate before the first test or before the first race and I think that is already a positive sign. it’s already a good thing for the team and I am convinced this is gonna bring the team forward,” Sainz stated.

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Carlos Sainz expresses his admiration for Leclerc

The Monegasque continued to impress everyone through the troubled times at the Maranello. He finished the season at P8 with 98 points, with 65 points more than his teammate. He also claimed two podium finishes as Sainz shared the impression that Leclerc made on him.

He said, “I have huge respect for Charles for what he did last year and what he did in his first year with Ferrari, in his first year in Formula 1.

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SPA, BELGIUM: Pole position qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Will Taylor-Medhurst/Getty Images)

“He’s a great benchmark for me that I am going to try and learn from and work together with.”

Sainz has clarified his eventual goal with Ferrari, to win the world championship. However, the journey will not be easy.

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The Spaniard’s immediate goal will be to help map the team’s return to the top of the podium first. Do you think Sainz will take the first step towards his end goal and win a race with Ferrari this season?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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