Scuderia Ferrari has clearly recovered from the poor 2020 season and is now fighting for third place in the Constructors’ Championship. Carlos Sainz is an important part of this.
The start of the Ferrari career went better than expected for the Spaniard and currently, he holds two podiums in the first half of the season at Monaco and Hungary and is three points ahead of his teammate Charles Leclerc in the standings.
Nevertheless, Sainz is sure that he needs an improvement in performance for the second half of the season to keep up with Leclerc. He also believes that he does not drive as consistently as in 2019 or 2020.
“Ferrari was a new start for me with a lot of question marks. I knew I was up against one of the fastest drivers, if not the fastest. The goal for every driver is to be the best in the field. You don’t just want to beat your teammate,” Sainz told Auto Motor und Sport.
“And in a car, Charles knows well, and in a team where he is well integrated, it makes you wonder how you will fit in. I can say after half a year I am happy with how I have coped with the task. The speed was there from the beginning.
“But I still have to work on doing everything right for a whole weekend on a regular basis. I still don’t have the feeling I’m driving consistently like in 2019 and 2020. There are still a few points I need to improve. But when things go wrong for me, Charles is there and vice versa.
“We are very close and push each other to better lap times from first practice. I know how strong Charles is. That has improved my own level because I want to beat him.”
Despite the close fight with the Monegasque, he sees their relationship as positive.
“Charles is a good guy. You can have good conversations with him and do sports or play chess together. He’s not only fast, he’s also respectful. It’s easy to get along well with him.
“If I enjoy myself, my performance is better. Why should I mess with my teammate? It doesn’t do me any good. It works better if you can laugh about things together and joke about good and bad laps in qualifying.”