Sainz explains why it was ‘very troublesome to say no to’ Ferrari F1 drive
Carlos Sainz insists it might have been “very troublesome to say no to” Ferrari regardless of its troublesome 2020 Formulation 1 marketing campaign.
The Scuderia moved to signal the Spaniard from McLaren to switch four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel in its line-up for 2021 again in Might final yr, previous to the 2020 season getting underway.
Whereas Sainz performed an important function in serving to McLaren to clinch third place within the constructors’ championship, Ferrari endured woeful efficiency and slumped to its worst end in F1 since 1980, ending a lowly sixth within the groups’ standings.
Talking to pick media together with Crash.internet about what satisfied him to go away an bettering McLaren staff for Ferrari, Sainz mentioned: “Initially, you’re driving for Ferrari – I don’t assume there may be way more to say.
“Turning into a Ferrari driver is in each driver’s thoughts and each driver’s desires. Independently of the state of affairs, it is very, very troublesome to say no to that.
“At that time, I used to be fairly satisfied that as an Italian staff…I might at all times felt snug with Toro Rosso, and I at all times felt like Ferrari might be a very good place for me.
“I do know Italian, I do know some folks there, and I felt like I might have a profitable time there instantly.
“Aside from that, I feel sentimentally, driving for essentially the most profitable staff within the historical past of the game is at all times the dream of any Formulation 1 driver.”
Sainz has repeatedly rejected options he would possibly remorse his swap to Ferrari on condition that groups are carrying over their 2020 chassis into the upcoming marketing campaign, and the 26-year-old is satisfied the Maranello outfit is on course regardless of its troublesome season.
“I’ve had optimistic conversations with folks there, and I see folks in good spirits, able to battle on a very good comeback,” he defined.
“Everybody there may be pushing flat out, and you’ll see clearly within the development Ferrari has had this yr after such a troublesome begin.
“They’ve clearly developed the automobile and they’re in a significantly better place now than they had been six, seven months in the past.
“Hopefully we are able to do the subsequent step collectively and I can assist them additionally to maintain discovering a approach, and hold discovering efficiency with the automobile.
“However I would not transfer to a staff if I did not have a very good feeling about it, that is for certain.”