At the end of the Spanish Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz admitted he is struggling to adapt his driving style to the F1-75 car in this start of the 2022 Formula One season. His father Carlos Sainz Snr, who won the World Rally Championship drivers’ title with Toyota in 1990 and 1992, and finished runner-up four times, was invited to take part in the latest episode of F1 Nation podcast and shared his advice on what his son should do in order to get through the difficult time and get back to his impressive form from last season, when he showed his constancy and talent.
Carlos Sainz seemed to have a positive start of the season, with podium finishes in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, although it was clear from the first races that his pace was not similar to that of teammate Charles Leclerc and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Several mistakes and unfortunate circumstances followed, as he crashed out of the Australian Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit and then in Imola. Things didn’t go much better in front of hiw own face last weekend: Carlos went off at Turn 4 early on in the Spanish Grand Prix, having to recover from outside the top ten, as he eventually finished in fourth place.
In his interview for F1 Nation after the Barcelona race, Carlos Sainz Snr weighed in on his son’s championship so far:
“Obviously, it has not been the weekend that he was dreaming of. At the moment he is going through a period that he really needs to rethink and try to go step by step. Because when you are not confident with the car, mistakes, pressure, the build-up to the season hasn’t been very smooth. I think he has to you know, try to sit back and try and build the confidence again.” – he explained.
Carlos Sainz Snr is confident that it’s a “matter of time” until his son gets on the pace by improving the feeling with the Maranello team’s F1-75 car: “Well, I think obviously in life, in motorsport, you go through difficult periods and good periods, you don’t need to accelerate when you are up, you don’t need to accelerate when you are down. You just need to work hard, stay calm, try to stay focused and try to think a little bit short of time and try and think of the next one and go step by step. I know he’s very capable, so it’s just a matter of time before he understands and adapts the car to his style.” – he continued.
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Scuderia Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has also backed Carlos Sainz to improve and help the Italian side in its championship battle with Red Bull. After the disappointing outcome in the Spanish Grand Prix, Mattia Binotto pointed out Carlos Sainz’s determination to return to his strong form: “Probably, he still does not get quite the feeling he wants from the F1-75 and it’s up to us to help him become completely comfortable with it. He is tenacious, he studies the situation and never gives up and so I am sure that he will soon come to feel really at ease in the car.” – the Ferrari Team Principal concluded.
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