No time for regrets. With Ferrari going through what looks like one of the worst campaigns in its rich Formula 1 history, Carlos Sainz, future Maranello rookie, remains excited to join the Scuderia starting in the 2021 season.
Weighted down by a single-seater with suspicious aerodynamic efficiency and a breathless engine, the venerable Italian institution seems to be stuck in a slump whose end it is hard to see. Appealing on paper ahead of the start of the season, the prospect of joining a team as prestigious as Ferrari has been a poisonous gift today.
After the Spa-Francorchamps debacle – no SF1000 in Q3, nor in points, and this on a regular basis – Ross Brawn, sporting director of Liberty Media and former Ferrari technical director, suggested that the situation at Maranello was cause for concern for Sainz .
Especially since McLaren is currently third in the Manufacturers' standings, 2 places ahead of Ferrari, although the Spaniard contributed less to the Woking harvest than his team-mate Lando Norris due to a stubborn bad luck.
Asked ahead of the Italian Grand Prix whether he would have agreed to join Ferrari knowing his performance in 2020, the future rookie said to himself " very comfortable with (m) a decision ".
" I have 100% confidence in Ferrari and its members, he clarified. Last year they were able to take 7 pole positions so it's a team that knows how to produce very good cars.
What worries me more is losing 30 points for reasons beyond my control. That’s on my mind right now. In the evening when I go to bed, I say to myself: "How could I lose so many points, what's going on? ".
For the rest, I am confident and look forward to next year ".
While waiting for his debut in red, Sainz, who has not been spared the blows of fate this season, was able to get a first glimpse of the status that comes with a starting place at Ferrari when you ride at Monza.
" I can already feel the fervor of the tifosi, the way they approach me when I leave the hotel, added the Madrilenian who celebrated his 26th birthday on Monday.
The ride to the car doesn't take very long but fans always find a way to find you and bring you energy. I realize how special it is to defend the Ferrari colors.
There is never a bad time to join this historic and prestigious team. No one ever says: "I don't want to go to Ferrari". If you give me this option 100 times, I will choose it all the time ".
When he joined McLaren at the end of 2018, the Woking team were also at the bottom of the wave. She has since started a nice turnaround that Sainz is no stranger to. The tifosi hope that the Spaniard, partner Charles Leclerc, will do the same with their favorite team.