Carlos Sainz driving a Ferrari, it’s now a reality! The Spanish driver has been waiting for this moment for eight months, he who signed with the Scuderia last May for the 2021 Formula 1 season.
Ferrari is in action this week on its Fiorano track with seven of its drivers, including young wolves from the Ferrari Driver Academy (Giuliano Alesi, Marcus Armstrong, Robert Shwartzman, Mick Schumacher, Callum Ilott) but also its holders, the tests winter having been reduced to three days only on the Bahrain circuit. If they are in the cockpit of the 2018 SF71H, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz can resume the habit of driving an F1 after six weeks of inactivity.
This is all the more important for Sainz, who is discovering his new team after two seasons with McLaren, where he has achieved remarkable performances. Sporting a yellow, red and black helmet, the Spaniard will be on the track all day this Wednesday as well as Thursday morning, after spending some time at the Maranello factory with his new colleagues.
“I know I will be coming to Ferrari and that I will need my racing experience to know how to get the most out of the car”, Sainz said for Motorsport.com sometime ago. “Plus it looks like I’m going to have a day and a half of testing, I’m going to enter my first race with only a day and a half of testing in a brand new car. For me, it’s going to be tough. But I like that kind of challenge. I’ll try to adapt as best I can and see what I can get out of it. ”