Ferrari reshuffled their drivers’ lineup for the 2021 season, electing to pair Carlos Sainz Jr with Charles Leclerc. It gives the Spaniard an opportunity to help the Italian giants’ in their quest for resurgence.
Sainz Jr had a particularly good season with McLaren in 2020, leading the team’s charge to finish third in the Constructors’ standings. He has a similar mission on his hands at Ferrari, teaming up with Leclerc to deliver the goods, come end of the season.
Sainz Jr’s father believes that his son’s partnership with the Monegasque driver would be a fruitful one. He also thinks that they are a good pairing to help Ferrari grow going forward.
Carlos Sainz was in ‘seventh heaven’ after Ferrari signing news
FormulaPassion quoted Carlos Sainz Sr as saying, “We talk every day. He is as proud of me as I am proud of what he is doing in Formula 1. He has now become more famous than me, now I am the father of the new Ferrari driver.” (translated from Google Translate)
Sainz Jr’s father himself is an experienced rally driver who has won accolades and accomplishments throughout his career. He also revealed that the 26-year-old has an immense motivation to deliver for Ferrari in 2021.
“When we heard about the signing it was a party, it doesn’t happen every day and my son was in seventh heaven. I see him very motivated and ready.
“He and Charles Leclerc are two young talents who are very fast, and intelligent that they can work well together , helping the redhead to grow. I am convinced that he will have a good relationship with his teammate,” concluded Sainz’s father on the subject.
The former McLaren driver has largely improved in the last two seasons
Following a difficult year with Renault in 2018, Sainz had to shore up his courage and talent. After a brief period of adaptation at McLaren, he slowly started producing consistency in his results, which got capped off by a podium in the 2019 Brazil GP.
At Ferrari, the pressure from the fanbase means the expectations from both him and Leclerc will be at an all-time high. Sainz then must look to deliver and prove to the tifosi that he is the right choice for being their team’s driver.