Carlos Sainz follows his father’s plan for a long career
Carlos Sainz says his father is the perfect example to follow to ensure his Formula 1 career is long.
The Ferrari The driver recently turned 27 and is already more than halfway through his seventh F1 campaign, having made his debut with Toro Rosso in 2015.
However, by his father’s standards he is still a rookie in terms of motorsport as Carlos snr has competed since the early 1980s and is still going strong, having won the Dakar Rally twice in the past four years. and finished third in the last edition. .
The influence of the eldest of the Spaniards, double world rally champion before the birth of his son, has definitely rubbed off on the vice-champion of the Monaco Grand Prix this year.
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“It is inevitable that I have become a character and driver similar to my father,” Sainz said in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport.
“We spent so much time together. He was my advisor, my mentor. So it makes sense that you pick up a lot.
“As I got older I realized I was more like my mother in character. But when it came to driving, my dad was the role model.
“He always told me that you have to love racing if you want to have a long career. He is 60 years old now and continues to race and wants to win the Dakar Rally.
“I love motorsport and anything that has a steering wheel and two pedals. It doesn’t matter whether it’s on the road, on sand or ice. I used to drive rally cars as well as karts.
“My dad taught me to change or adapt my driving style to get faster. He made me drive the kart with tablecloths in the rain. He encouraged me to play with tire pressures and settings. This is how I learned to be flexible.
Although Sainz is generally having a positive first year with Ferrari, which includes a pair of top-three classifications, he has yet to develop the level of consistency he wants.
“There is still a lot of room for improvement,” said Sainz, two of whose four Formula 1 podiums came without actually getting on the grandstand, with other drivers having subsequently been penalized or disqualified.
“It’s not just about going fast. I hit the speed I wanted at some point in almost every race. But it’s important to have that speed all weekend. That’s my goal for the rest of the season.