Carlos Sainz annoys many. To some extent it is normal. In his first season at Ferrari he beat a superclass like Charles Leclerc, ‘Il Predestinato’. The silent work of the Spanish, his dedication, his soul for never giving up and his calculating mind make his weak points reduce and his talent shines brighter. His garage mate was Ferrari’s number 1 driver at the start of this season. An immense start to the year, victory after victory and pole position in each round. World champion level. Charles has everything to win one day, he is a potential champion, but he is missing the crown. However, as the year has gone by, Sainz’s good results and how regular he is have caused the Madrid native to reduce the advantage. In Ferrari they assured that both were going to receive the same treatment. First, Sainz was criticized because he was not at the level, it was very difficult for him to dominate the F1-75. But, as custom dictates in him, the second parts of the year are comebacks, like his Real Madrid. Sainz never gives up, and whoever thinks he’s dead is wrong. The pole position at Silverstone was the turning point and from there on up.Those who criticized him for not fighting Leclerc did the same again when he got down to his level and he admits it has been “frustrating”.
In the middle of the season he took a huge leap
With Max Verstappen closing in on Leclerc’s lead, scores of tifosi and allies of the Monegasque driver called on the Italian outfit to back the then championship leader as their number one. Ferrari refused, insisting that both drivers would receive the same treatment.
At the British Grand Prix, Sainz took his first victory in red and it was on this legendary track that his improvement began. ” I can understand that after the first couple of races, Charles was clearly a step ahead in both qualifying and race pace. But in the middle of the season I improved a lot. I started to get more involved in the fight and it was a bit frustrating because when I got into she (the fight) seemed like some people didn’t want me there they criticized me for not being there, and when I started being there some wondered what I was doing, without letting Charles win everything , “he explained in the AS newspaper.
Although he admits that it bothered him to a certain extent, he assures that it is not something that gives him too much thought. ” It was frustrating, especially from the press. They criticize me, but just when I was there fighting, they no longer want me in front. You saw that I don’t pay much attention to what is said out there ,” he added.
As the year progressed, both Ferrari drivers fell further and further behind Verstappen, who secured six of the next eight victories after
the Silverstone race. Although Ferrari has in the Carlos (Sainz and Leclerc) one of the strongest line-ups on the grid, the Spaniard says he feels that sometimes critics would rather that wasn’t the case. ” I think so. In addition, Mattia (Binotto) and the team recognize that it is a virtue, that it is one of our strengths. But it is clear that there was a part of the people who follow Ferrari who did not want, or does not want, that There would have been two drivers at the same level. Perhaps it is a question for others because I am convinced that the best thing for the team is for the two of us to be as close as possible , “he added.
He is critical of his level and states that in general he is not happy with his year. “In general, no. I can’t be happy, it’s been a season with too many ups and downs. There are things I’m happy with, like the progression . I’ve been able to turn around a fairly complicated start and not get stuck, to be able to to find myself in a car that still does not come naturally to me when driving, or not in the easiest way. With that I am proud, but the season had a difficult start and although I later picked up pace and good results, every two or three races something has happened that has not allowed me to generate a good streak . I hope that in these six races that moment will come to me, “he reflected .
He points out that his focus is on getting better every day and that keeping his head in order is the most important thing. ” I have been in Formula 1 for many years and I know more or less how this sport works. I have had very good years, bad starts and good endings, good starts and bad endings. I know that more or less, in the end, the important thing is the head ” Be calm, trust yourself. Perhaps that is one of my strengths. The house can fall on me and I will remain positive and try to continue to have good results without it affecting me too much , “he continued.
Finally, he affirms that he is clear about what he needs to improve: ” I know that I have things to improve as a driver but I also know that I am good, that I am capable of doing it in any race”, he concluded .
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