“Sainz: against everything and everyone”. This is the title of the new documentary by DAZN Spain which will focus on the Spaniard’s career from its early stages to his current experience in Ferrari, as Carlos joined the Maranello team last season after a two-year stint at McLaren. A summary of an adventure full of ups and downs, characterized by criticism for the mistakes made especially at the beginning of 2022, but also by performances beyond question; above all, the first pole and the first victory, both achieved at Silverstone this year. Because, as father Carlos Sainz Senior says, “Things don’t just happen, you have to work to get them”.
A battle, as the title of the documentary says, against everything and everyone, both on and off the track. Not even the testing sessions with Red Bull in 2013, during which he was able to set better lap times than those of Sebastian Vettel, managed to stop the accusations of favoritism due to his surname, a situation also confirmed by another former driver of Spanish nationality, Pedro de la Rosa, who saw the Ferrari driver grow from his first steps with karts:
“‘Here is the son of Carlos Sainz’, you could hear everyone say at every race” – Pedro de la Rosa recalls – “he has always been criticized. People said: ‘Well, he’s doing fine, but obviously he has the best kart, he can always practice’. There was always a “but”. If he had been called López, they would have said: ‘he is very good’ “. An unfortunate situation that has never completely disappeared even today, up to to point of leading to a reaction from the father of the Ferrari driver, two-time world rally champion and three-time winner of the Dakar: “What I think is that it is frivolous to believe that, nowadays, at the level where he is in Formula 1, it is the result of his surname”.
A documentary which, apart from the criticisms suffered, also traces other particular moments in Carlos Sainz’s life at the tracks: from the meeting with the idol Fernando Alonso, when Carlos Sainz Jr. was still a child, to his Formula 1 debut back in 2015 with Toro Rosso, when he immediately had to face the competition of a future champion like Max Verstappen, who was also at the beginning for his F1 career. In all this, the negative experience in Renault and the return to McLaren, up to the emotions of the move to Ferrari: “The moment you sign the contract and realize that you are a Ferrari driver, it completely changes your life”.
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