Being a Ferrari driver comes with many privileges, such as global recognition and a prominent status in Formula 1, but in recent years, the most successful team in history has been going through a crisis. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are both subjects of much speculation regarding their future, and while the Monegasque is expected to renew soon, the plans for the Spanish driver appear less certain.
In an interview with the official championship website, the Spanish driver reiterated his desire to sign a new contract with the Prancing Horse, which would put an end to the rumors about him and Audi. However, last season’s F1 British Grand Prix winner doesn’t “take for granted” that his place in the Red team is secure, so he commits every day to improving.
Carlos Sainz stated that he is “very proud” to represent the colors of Maranello: “I’m very proud. Especially to come to a team like Ferrari, to wear the Red every weekend, I don’t take it for granted because I know how hard it is and how much it means, how much it has cost me to get here, how much I had to sacrifice and fight for it.”
“However, now I’m also trying to enjoy it as much as I can, trying to live my dream and at the same time staying focused and continuing to improve. I always try to improve as a driver and be a better human being,” explained the Spanish driver, before acknowledging that being part of the Italian team is something special.
“Ferrari is a fantastic place. In every circuit you go to, there are fans, you have more support than any other driver, every race makes you feel almost like at home because of the amount of support you receive from all Ferrari fans around the world,” he said. “It’s true that it’s also demanding; it’s a very demanding team from a mental perspective because there’s more pressure around, we have many sponsors, and many events to attend.” – the Spaniard pointed out.
“Time has flown by; the fact that I’m now with Ferrari, that I’m living a dream, everything has gone very well. I can’t complain, but it’s also thanks to how I’ve surrounded myself, obviously thanks to my efforts, my talent, my way of doing things, and hopefully, the best is yet to come!” he declared.
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“To fully commit as a Ferrari driver, you have to be at the peak of your career. I think I’m in that phase; I’m still very young, but at the same time, I have experience, and I’m making the most of it,” commented the Spanish driver, who is also keeping an eye on other aspects of Formula 1.
Carlos Sainz is aware that other areas of the motorsport are contributing to the expansion of the sport worldwide: “I think Formula 1 is booming now, not only in Spain but all over the world, and it’s a great time to be a part of this movement across the globe. Maybe it’s also due to the Netflix phenomenon, the good work that everyone is doing on social media to explain this sport, to make it closer to the new generations. I believe it’s fantastic to be a part of Formula 1 today, and all of us who are part of it are going through a good time.” – the Ferrari man concluded.