Madrid, September 19 (EFE) .- Pilot Carlos Sainz, who is facing his second season at Ferrari, with whom he is fulfilling “a dream”, admitted that victory with the Italian team is “the most you can wish for” and declared that With the “great strides made since last year” we must consider aiming for the title in 2023.
Carlos Sainz (Madrid, 1994), despite his youth, is a veteran of the Formula One circuit, where he is celebrating his eighth season. His illusion is that next season the Dutchman will be able to challenge Max Verstappen, dominated by his Red Bull for the past two years.
Pilot Carlos Sainz attended EFE, an event organized by Estrella Galicia, to talk about the moment he is having in the game and his future prospects at Ferrari, with which his media exposure has multiplied since his arrival last year.
Q: After Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy, three races in three weeks, how are you feeling during this active rest?
Answer: We are in the middle of the season. With a tough race like Singapore coming up, lots of travel, jet lag, and what’s left, you need to find the balance between rest and activation to be as prepared as possible.
Q: The next stop is Singapore, a circuit you know well. What do you expect from that race?
Answer: It will be very difficult physically because it is always accompanied by humidity and heat. It’s the toughest race of the World Championships and that’s why I’m going to take advantage of it this week to train and acclimatise in the high temperatures. I think it’s a circuit that can do well for the car and it can give us a good chance to go for a win which would be great before the end of the season.
Q: There are six races left in the World Cup. How are you watching the season finale?
A: I would love to have a consistent season finale, especially with the amount of things that have happened to us this year. I want to calm down the last part of the season, so that less things happen to us and to be able to take the rhythm and the moments for next year, which will be a new opportunity.
Q: For next year, what would you ask about the Ferrari project?
Answer: There are grounds. This year we have a solid base and a very good car and the team is moving forward. We have to try to improve a few things like reliability and consistency but we have to remember that this year we are up against a team like Red Bull that is working perfectly. We have to learn and do them next year.
Q: Will we see Ferrari fight for the title in 2023?
Answer: I think so. This year we would have fought for the title if we had done something well and had some luck at the beginning of the season and why not think that next year there is a new opportunity and it can be achieved. Ferrari, after the big strides made since last year, will have to set that goal.
Q: Last year you made four podiums. One victory and six podiums this year. How do you rate the season, are you satisfied?
Answer: Not one hundred percent to be honest. There were good moments and moments I won’t forget, like that first win, but it was a roller coaster because there were tough moments. It has been difficult to build pace and run results this season, there are reliability issues and that consistency can lead you to fight for the title. This is what needs to be improved and I want to start practicing on it.
Q: After Monza, many international media described Max Verstappen as complex and unattainable. What do you think of those qualifications?
Answer: Not only Verstappen, but also Red Bull. Verstappen is going through ten years but Red Bull is not failing. Nor is it time to be strategic or make important decisions. The stakes they put in the races are where they know they’re going to get the strongest car. They are having a very complete season and that makes them very hard to beat. Unspeakable and unattainable numbers. Every race we’re going to get a chance and we’re going to try.
Q: You are 28 years old and this is your eighth season in Formula One. Do you ever stop to think about it?
A: I don’t think about it, only when I’m reminded that I’ve been in Formula One for eight years. That’s when I realized how fast time flies. I think I made my debut in Australia yesterday. I have a very close memory, I remember every race. It’s incredible to think that I’ve been 28 for eight years. I don’t know if I have more than 150 races in Formula One, which is a lot for my age.
Q: When you’re in a car at this speed, how do you manage your emotions?
A: It’s something I’ve been managing for ten years. I value a Formula One race as much as a kart race You always want to do your best and that’s something I’ve been doing since I was little. It comes down to how I manage running and it’s muscle memory. You always make mistakes, you always have better days than others, but you always do something different.
Q: Is it management training?
Answer: It is a collection of experiences that I have been practicing since the age of eleven and you have been training, improving and polishing. This is what drives us to be Formula One drivers and Formula One drivers to be the best in the world. You’re competing with people who are at the same level and handling things the same way.
Q: Is a pilot afraid?
Answer: No, I never felt fear. I will stop when I feel fear. It’s something I can’t combine with the risk I take with qualifying, making a start or doing a quick lap. I’m sure it’s something that drives you away.
Q: How do you manage Ferrari’s media exposure?
A: This is something I was warned about beforehand. They told me to be prepared because the press in Italy is going to be really hard and how big Ferrari is in the world, but you don’t realize the attention it attracts until you’re inside. Especially this year the amount of criticism is high. I’ve read mixed reviews of the team but that’s part of the beauty. It makes me proud to be a part of such a great organization and a symbol of the motoring world. I don’t see it as a problem.
Q: Is living in a Ferrari a dream come true?
A: Yes, I think it is any driver’s dream. Being part of this team and winning is the most you can hope for as a racing driver.
Q: How do you see Fernando Alonso’s season at Alpine?
A: He is having a very good season and the project he has for next year with Aston Martin is also good. Sooner or later he will bring his urge to stay there. I see him calm and eager.
Edited by Rocio Casas