Sainz is moving from McLaren to Ferrari to replace Sebastian Vettel, whose expiring contract has not been extended beyond 2020.
Vettel got off to a strong start in life at Ferrari, but as the team went through several changes and its competitiveness deteriorated, the four-time world champion began to struggle. The arrival of Charles Leclerc in 2019 further complicated matters for Vettel as the Monegasque’s mercury accomplishments gradually undermined Vettel’s status and support within the team.
Ferrari urged Sainz to replace the German with the resurgent McLaren in 2021 after two highly rated seasons, culminating in two podiums at the 2019 Brazilian GP and the 2020 Italian GP.
Sainz does not consider Vettel’s departure from Maranello to be a warning sign.
“Ferrari is not a team that eats and devours its drivers,” argued Sainz. “When you look at Vettel’s career … which driver would not have liked to spend five years at Ferrari like he was?
“The longest I’ve been on a team is two years. So if Ferrari is a team that devours drivers, what are Renault, Toro Rosso and all the others?
“Alonso also spent five years at Ferrari. It doesn’t seem like a team devouring riders, but a bicycle.
“Of course I want to have a cycle at Ferrari, create a similar environment [to McLaren] There. I already have experience creating a works team and I hope to have a team that is equal to or better than what I have at McLaren. I’ll do my best to have it. “
Sainz praised McLaren for becoming a better and more consistent driver overall, which was reflected in the Spaniard’s consecutive sixth places in the World Championship.
“A team like McLaren has allowed me to get the best version of myself as a driver,” added Sainz.
“I’m an improved version of what I was at Toro Rosso and Renault. I’ve improved in races, starts, qualifying, but I don’t know where I’m better now. It was a continuous and probably more progressive development.” then i thought.
“I felt more comfortable at McLaren than anywhere else and this stability of a two-year contract has allowed me to improve as a driver and adapt more to the car, to perform better. I am very happy and very grateful for that.” these two years. “The post Ferrari is not a team that “devours” F1 drivers first appeared on monter-une-startup.