Sainz: If the car is good this year, we are ready!
Carlos Sainz was one of the most remarkable drivers who did not fight for the 2021 Formula 1 World champion, the Spaniard took advantage of his first year to take refuge in Maranello and give his much-appreciated Ferrari teammate some serious food for thought.
Statistics show that Sainz finished fifth in the drivers’ standings last year, the best of the rest (behind the Red Bull and Mercedes quartet) and above all ahead of his team-mate Leclerc, the team’s chosen one.
Third place in Abu Dhabi, behind title contenders Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, was the best start he could have wished for, entering the offseason into the limelight and of course a big smile every morning.
Over the past year, the Ferrari pair have won five podiums each in total, but Sainz edged out the final standings by 5.5 points with four podiums to his name, which may not seem like much, but the fact that he beat his teammate in his first test season is certain to have captured the hearts and minds of all those in Maranello, and the long-suffering Tifosi, as he did many experts, we including.
The feel-good factor for the Madridista is the fact that his Grand Prix grid peers and F1 team managers have given him the green light ahead of Leclerc as a driver they admire.
Sainz: I have to improve in everything
If Sainz is more Alain Prost or Niki Lauda in his approach to running – cerebral, efficient; then Leclerc shows nuances of Gilles Villeneuve and Jean Alesi – courageous, kind.
Right now, you could say that Ferrari needs big dollops of the old one. Step-up Sainz who has become a driver who could well lead the great Italian team to more success, provided his team delivers a winning package.
But Sainz’s evolution is by no means over, so he says, âI have to improve in everything. As a driver, I am never one hundred percent satisfied with any aspect of me. I think they all have room for improvement.
âEvery year I go into winter knowing that I have to improve in all of these areas if I am to continue my progress as a driver and be F1 world champion.
Thinking back to an epic year, Sainz emerged as a cool and calm force within Ferrari, costing his team significantly less than Leclerc in crash damage expenses and determining for the Reds to beat McLaren in third place in the race. 2021 F1 constructors’ championship.
For now, the two drivers have adapted well, much better than the toxic environment that reigned in 2020, during Sebastian Vettel’s last season in Red.
Sainz: As a driver I want to fight for an F1 world title
But the reality of the last decade in F1 has been that a team or two have dominated, leaving crumbs for those who failed to keep up. Therefore, for 2022, with the promise of a level playing field, spirits are optimistic before what might be.
“What I do know is that as a driver I want to fight for a world championship and that I am ready for next season, there may be an F1 very close or that there is someone pushing the button and dominating. “
Sainz arrived at Ferrari as they were going through one of their worst fates in an illustrious history at the top of the sport. In 2020 they were sixth in the F1 constructors’ championship, this year third place is a powerful and impressive improvement.
The 27-year-old can take credit for being successful by quickly adjusting to being in the unique spotlight of being a Ferrari driver, avoiding conflict and giving everything for the cause with his warm cry of “Vamos!” this sends all the right signals to his team, and anyone who doubted Sainz is the real deal.
No matter who you are, you can’t beat a driver if their car is a second faster
He also strongly believes that he can lead the battle and successfully compete against current pilots benchmarks, namely Hamilton and Verstappen, saying so in a interview with AS: âWith the same car, yes I can, or at least with more equal conditions.
âThe problem is that last year Mercedes and Red Bull were between eight tenths and one second per lap faster, that’s the car. The difference between the pilots, I think, is no more than two or three tenths.
âIf there’s a driver in a car eight tenths faster than yours, no matter how good you are, you can’t beat him. I hope F1 next year will be more balanced, we can all have more fun and compete equally.
While all the good rumors have poured in from HQ about next year’s rules and the car they’ve developed for the new era, Sainz is cautious: âRegarding Ferrari in 2022, it’s very difficult to know where we will be next year. .
âBut I think the team has grown a lot and over the course of the season we have become a much stronger team in terms of pitstops, strategy, tires, way of performing at the weekendâ¦ If the car is good this year, we are ready! Sainz declared.