Carlos Sainz can’t see himself ‘anywhere else but Ferrari’
Carlos Sainz has said he has a “sense of pride” for being a Ferrari driver, and he doesn’t want that to change by moving teams.
Sainz moved to the Scuderia on a two-year deal to partner Charles Leclerc, and he has been widely praised for how well he drove in his first season at Ferrari – even going on to beat his team-mate in the Drivers’ Championship after earning a podium in the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
Team principal Mattia Binotto hinted that a new contract could already be in the works for the Spaniard to continue beyond 2022, and Sainz himself said he feels relaxed about his future with the team.
“Considering that I have another year left on my contract, I’m not in a hurry,” he told AS. “But it’s true that right now I don’t see myself anywhere else but Ferrari in the medium or long term.
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“I am happy here, I enjoy it a lot and I go home after every race with a smile on my face and a sense of pride for being a Ferrari driver.
“And if you add good results to that, I don’t think I’ll be better off than at Ferrari anywhere. I am happy to be here.”
Sainz also received plaudits for the amount of time he spent with the team at the factory prior to the season beginning, as he looked to adjust as well as possible after moving from McLaren in time for 2021.
He scored four podium finishes in an impressive year all round and, while he said he already had high expectations for himself, those targets only served to spur him on further – instead of being daunted by the challenge in front of him.
“I had quite high expectations, because I like to set the bar as high as possible to try my best to meet it,” he said.
“With a high target, you push yourself more during the season.
“I can’t say if I’ve met them all or not, but I knew it would be a season of adaptation, hard, especially at the beginning, and the most important thing was to finish the year stronger than I started it, with a good progression. And I have more than achieved that.”
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