Sainz responds to Ricciardo’s Imola apology

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Sainz responds to Ricciardo’s Imola apology

Carlos Sainz says it exhibits the kind of sportsman Daniel Ricciardo is that he got here to apologise after their Imola crash.

Sainz has endured a nightmare couple of races on the wheel of the Ferrari F1-75, the newest disappointment being the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, the place Sainz was tagged by Ricciardo popping out of Flip 1 in the beginning.

That put Sainz and Ricciardo within the gravel, however Ricciardo saved the traction to drive his McLaren again out of the gravel and proceed within the race, whereas Sainz was beached and out.

This was the second time in as many races that Sainz’s Sunday ended very prematurely, having spun out of the Australian Grand Prix two weeks prior.

Ricciardo would go to the Ferrari HQ to apologise personally to Sainz, a transfer which the Spaniard revered significantly.

“As a sportsman, Daniel is honoured that he got here to the Ferrari pit field instantly after the race and apologised to me,” mentioned Sainz, quoted by

“All of the mechanics seen that and thanked him for the gesture. Sadly, it was me who bought hit, and that was instantly after the crash in Melbourne. That’s simply the best way it’s now.”

Requested if the scenario may be in comparison with his McLaren seasons in 2019 and 2020, the place within the former Sainz didn’t rating factors within the first three races, whereas in 2020 scoring just one top-five end within the opening seven races, Sainz can perceive the comparability, however defined that from there he got here again sturdy.

And now after a hard begin to his second season at Ferrari, Sainz is assured of an identical restoration, believing that his velocity is there.

“You possibly can evaluate that. It’s much like the 2 McLaren years,” he confirmed.

“However then the three quarters after the dangerous first quarter have been at all times very sturdy. It’s a part of life and sport that issues typically go higher and typically worse. However I’m assured that I can flip it round.

“These have been two weekends now, in Australia and Imola, the place the velocity was there and I felt comfy within the automotive. I feel I’ve made a step. Now I’ve simply had dangerous luck, however the good occasions will come. It’s at all times like that on this sport. I simply have to remain affected person and never lose coronary heart now.”

Sainz had improved to P2 within the Drivers’ Championship after ending P4 in dash qualifying at Imola, however that second DNF in as many races noticed him fall all the way down to P5, with the deficit to team-mate Charles Leclerc on the high of the standings growing to 48 factors.

Even after Australia there was speak that Sainz may now discover himself taking part in the quantity two driver position at Ferrari, speak which solely additional intensified after Imola.

Sainz although believes that races the place a driver is struck down by dangerous luck occurs, and so doesn’t consider that he’s now in a supporting position like that.

“In a protracted season, there’s at all times a race the place you make a mistake. And there’s additionally at all times a race the place you get shot down,” mentioned the Spaniard.

“My dangerous luck now’s merely that it occurred twice in a row. That’s why it hurts a bit greater than normal. However hopefully we are able to get our act collectively now and focus on the remainder of the yr.”


Sainz had signed a brand new contract with Ferrari previous to the race weekend at Imola, securing his future at Ferrari till 2024.

That announcement was affirmation of the standard which Ferrari see in Sainz, this backed up by crew principal Mattia Binotto, who believes the secret’s to maintain constructive as he backs Sainz to now transfer on and get again on the best path.

“He was merely unfortunate,” mentioned Binotto of Sainz’s Imola collision.

“These items occur. And I seek advice from the statistics: He has now made a mistake or had dangerous luck twice in a row. Then it gained’t occur once more sooner or later.

“I feel we simply must take stress off the scenario now, placed on a smile and get our heads up. I’m fairly certain this child is a robust driver and is aware of what he’s doing. He’ll do effectively.

“I’m not nervous within the least. In such a protracted season, this stuff occur. That’s all there’s to it.”




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