“We Sleep Very Well” – Sainz & Leclerc Debunk Major Ferrari F1 Myth

Published 09/06/2021, 5:23 AM EDT
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


Scuderia Ferrari is the oldest surviving team in Formula 1, having competed in every single world championship since the 1950 season. The Maranello-based team is also one of the most successful teams on the grid with 16 constructor championships to their name.

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It’s a dream for almost every driver to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari once in their career. Many Formula 1 legends have previously driven for Ferrari, which includes Niki Lauda, Phil Hill, Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, and one of the most successful drivers in F1, Michael Schumacher.

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Despite that, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc debunk the myth that driving for one of the most successful teams in Formula 1 is extremely stressful.

Driving for Ferrari, not like it doesn’t let us sleep: Carlos Sainz

In a YouTube video, the Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz answers hilarious fan’s assumptions. The Monégasque driver read out the question for Sainz: “It’s extremely stressful and the expectations are high [to drive for Ferrari] is that true?”

To which the Spaniard replied: “Expectations are high, that is true. Is it extremely stressful? I don’t think it is at least I didn’t feel more stressed this year than in other years of my career. It’s like you get used to the pressure, you get used to the expectations.”

“Yeah, we feel the responsibility of driving for this amazing team, but it’s not like it doesn’t let us sleep or anything like that. We sleep very well,” added Carlos Sainz.

Never felt so slow in any race than at Dutch GP: Sainz

It has been a decent weekend for Ferrari at Zandvoort as Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finished P5 and P7 respectively and secured enough points to surpass McLaren in the constructor’s championship.

Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz was understandably perplexed by the slow pace of his Ferrari at the Dutch Grand Prix, despite securing 1-2 in the Free Practice 2 session.

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“I am very puzzled at the moment because I had no pace at all during the race since Lap 1. Really, I was struggling a lot with the front and tyres,” said Carlos Sainz after the race.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

“I was degrading the tyres, it felt like I was sliding a lot and I couldn’t match the pace I had on Friday. This means we need to look into what went wrong because I have never felt so slow in a race, to be honest. I was struggling a lot and had no pace whatsoever.”

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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