FERRARI ace Carlos Sainz is currently fifth in this year’s Drivers’ Championship standings.
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Carlos Sainz has hit back at critics of Ferrari’s “chaos” but admits it’s all part and parcel of the attention the Scuderia attract. The 27-year-old, who has fallen to fifth place in this season’s Drivers’ Championship standings, has also lifted the lid on his relationship with Charles Leclerc.
“Strategy is always a talking point in Ferrari,” Sainz said. “I don’t know why everyone looks at our strategy and over-analyses what we should have done. I guess it’s part of being Ferrari. There is over-analysis of our radio too. All our radio messages get broadcast. Maybe this gives an impression of chaos.
“But my conversations on radio are always the same. It doesn’t matter if it’s a calm race or not, or a strategy-dependent race or not, we’re always having these conversations you’re hearing on the broadcast and I find them extremely important to take the right decisions. I’d much rather have them than not have them, trust me.”
Sainz joined Ferrari at the start of last season following a two-year spell with McLaren and linked-up with Leclerc, who has occupied an F1 seat for the Italian team since 2019. And the Spaniard insists his relationship with the Monegasque ace is flourishing.
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Carlos Sainz is currently fifth in this year’s Drivers’ Championship standings (Image: GETTY)
“Charles always produces extremely good laps through practice into qualifying, and this year also very good race pace,” Sainz continued. “He’s always a great reference to have in the team – a great guy to get on with, a guy that I really have learned a lot from in the past few years and a guy who I look forward to having as a team-mate for the future, because we get on well and create a good partnership.
“We get to spend a lot of time together both at Maranello and at the track and normally have similar opinions about a lot of stuff. Apart from that, when it’s time to have fun, we can have fun, play some sports. Not everything is super serious and team-dependent. I hope we can keep it that way.”
The 2022 F1 season continues at the Belgian Grand Prix later this month (Image: EXPRESS)
Ferrari started the season in emphatic fashion as they stormed to the top of the Drivers’ Championship and the Constructors’ Championship after Leclerc won two of the first three Grands Prix of the season.
But Red Bull are now dominating on the track thanks to Max Verstappen’s imperious form. The Dutchman has won eight races this year and is on course to land his second consecutive world title.