(Motorsport-Total.com) – The opinion of an overwhelming majority of Formula 1 experts is preconceived: Ferrari did not hire Carlos Sainz as an equal teammate for Charles Leclerc, but as a controllable number 2 – much like Mercedes did with superstar Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas successfully and largely without any problems.
Sainz himself, of course, does not want to know anything about such assessments: “I have not signed anything that makes me number 2”, he clarifies in an interview with ‘Radio Marca’. His contract only says, “Like all my previous contracts, that the interests of the team outweigh the interests of the driver. But he says nothing about a number 2 status.”
For example, former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore recently explained that Ferrari was “completely” behind Leclerc – and that he can understand that: “For me, the recipe for success is always to have a driver for the title and a driver who collects a lot of points and takes them away from the opponents. “
Timo Glock, on the other hand, recently said in an interview with the Formula 1 podcast ‘Starting Grid’ that he cannot imagine that Sainz, also because of his politically well-connected father Carlos sen “Carlos Sainz is well connected with the Todt family. They know each other well,” says the TV expert and DTM driver.
Sainz himself tries to push such assessments away from him and to start the Ferrari adventure at ease: “I will give everything for Ferrari – and I will try to win.” At the same time, he makes it clear: “Should there be a complicated situation, I will make the right decision.”
First of all, it is important to successfully get the 2020 season through for McLaren, who is still an employer. The 25-year-old has no fears that he will no longer be able to be involved in further development because of his impending farewell to the competition: “You will tell me everything because I tell you […] can still help a lot. “
“I asked them to inform me further because I am the first to want to see McLaren on the podium as early as possible. I can certainly help them in the way that I helped them last year,” says Sainz your third place at the Brazilian Grand Prix, the first McLaren podium in Formula 1 since Magnussen / Button in Australia in 2014.
He also confirms the presentation of McLaren bosses Andreas Seidl and Zak Brown, after which the decision to split up was made well: “We end our relationship in a good way. And I think we can both benefit from each other when we see each other continue to tell everything to further develop the car together. “
By the way: Which company car is made available to him by Ferrari has not been written down by Sainz in the contract. “When you sign a contract like that, you do it with a smile on your face,” he grins. But he does have a wish for his future vehicle: it should be rather dark – because he doesn’t like bright colors …