Carlos Sainz Jr. is facing a big challenge at the beginning of the new season - adjusting to a Ferrari car with never less time in the car in pre-season testing. The Spaniard is aware of the demanding task but is looking forward to the challenge.
Carlos Sainz Jr. had two very successful seasons at McLaren and is now arriving at Ferrari as a replacement for Sebastian Vettel. The team from Maranello has a very difficult year behind them, in which they won only sixth place in the construction championship, and the goal for 2021 is to return to the top of the standings.
Ferrari hopes for a new engine, but also for good performances of its Leclerc-Sainz driving pair. However, it will be extremely difficult for the Spaniard to adjust to the car at the beginning of the season, as the teams have only three days of pre-season testing in total, which means a day and a half per driver.
“I know that I will need racing and previous experience to learn how to get the most out of the car because it seems that before the first start I will only have a day and a half of testing in a brand new car for me.
It’s going to be hard, but I love that kind of challenge. I will try to adapt as quickly as possible, so we will see what I can get, ”announces Sainz. Ferrari has announced the organization of a private test for Sainz, but on that occasion, he could drive only some of the older cars.
What can give the Spaniard one dose of security, he has signed with Ferrari for two years and still can afford some time to adjust. "The pressure in Ferrari is always great. It doesn’t matter how old the contract is, I’m the first one who wants to be fast from the start.
However, a two-year contract is important to me for the same reason as it was in McLaren, and that is that the driver has stability in the team, ”says Carlos. “I feel like I got a lot more out of the car at McLaren during my second year than I did in my first year.
If you look at Daniel Ricciardo in a Renault, it is clear how important it is to have some time to get to know the car. Charles Leclerc today compared to Charles Leclerc a year and a half ago when he came to Ferrari, is now a different Charles.
Or Lewis today compared to Lewis in 2013 when he came to Mercedes. Over time, you know much better how to get the best out of your car. ”