At a gathering with a sponsor in Madrid, Carlos Sainz talked about parting with McLaren and the primary journey to the Ferrari base in Maranello …
Query: How do you assess your work up to now season?
Carlos Science: It’s troublesome to evaluate my performances, however I’m fairly pleased with the season. The start was troublesome – many issues arose, it appeared they might by no means finish. However within the final seven or eight races, I obtained into the rhythm and completed the season in sixth place. If in the beginning of the yr that they had informed me that I might obtain such a outcome, I might not have believed it. I completed the season very nicely and am very happy that McLaren took third place within the constructors’ championship.
Q: How have been your final days at McLaren?
Carlos Science: They have been very touching. I noticed that I used to be very a lot appreciated within the crew, the place I spent two years. I’ve acquired touching messages from followers and crew members. I depart understanding that I’m beloved.
Earlier than the ultimate race I used to be requested what I might miss in McLaren. I mentioned, “Individuals.” I’ve many associates left there. I used to be unhappy to say goodbye to them final week. McLaren is a tremendous crew and can proceed to progress and obtain success.
I’ve an important relationship with Zach Brown – he was the one who invited me to McLaren in mid-2018. Zach performed a key position within the revival of McLaren: he signed contracts with Andreas Seidl, James Key and Andrea Stella. The revival of the crew is fully his benefit.
Query: How did you’re feeling while you arrived in Maranello?
Carlos Science: I attempted on the official jumpsuit with out sponsors’ stickers – it was made particularly for me. That is what I’ll put on on checks. I checked out myself within the mirror and realized that every part is simply starting now.
I adjusted the seat, however I did not have a helmet with me, so I needed to placed on Mark Genet’s helmet. So that is the primary time I obtained behind the wheel of a Ferrari sporting a Marc Genet helmet. It is a disgrace there was no mirror, however I am impressed by the images I’ve seen on social media. It is a big day, I cannot neglect it.
Q: What did Ferrari let you know?
Carlos Science: I spoke with a number of staff – I needed to get to know the crew higher and adapt quicker. On Friday I went to the crew’s base and visited a number of divisions, however I nonetheless didn’t perceive the small print of its work. I’ll do that in January and February once I spend extra time in Italy.
I’ll attempt to assist the crew deal with difficulties and make progress. In the course of this season, Ferrari managed to reverse the development and end the season extra efficiently than they began it. I hope this development continues and I will help it.
Query: Have you ever mentioned the longer term with the crew?
Carlos Science: On the primary journey, I did not have time for that. I needed to signal autographs, meet staff, introduce myself, however I did not have time to ask questions and focus on technical points. I left with a want to speak extra with the crew. I’ll return to base in January and communicate along with her over the vacations.
Query: Are you planning to maneuver to Italy?
Carlos Science: It’s attainable, however now it is extremely troublesome to plan journeys. I’ve knowledgeable Ferrari about my working strategies. It is troublesome with me.
Q: Do you have got a contract stipulates who would be the crew chief and who would be the second driver?
Carlos Science: I knew that upfront. After I signal a contract, I signal it. In all of the groups the place I performed, my associate and I had equal circumstances in order that we may work for the crew. It was the identical at McLaren: the pursuits of the crew have all the time come first. However leaving the monitor, I attempt to get forward of everybody, together with my associate.
Q: Mattia Binotto hopes that you’ll stick with Ferrari for greater than two years …
Carlos Science: Our widespread aim is for these two years to achieve success. I come to Ferrari indefinitely. I wish to present what I’m able to. I need journey.
Query: Now Charles Leclair seems at you in another way?
Carlos Science: No. Each time I used to be capable of discuss to him on the beginning grid, I requested him in regards to the outcomes of the qualification. I talked to him earlier than the anthem – we all the time have a few minutes to debate the impressions of the qualification or the earlier race.
Now we have a superb relationship since he got here to Method 1. I hope that every part stays so. It isn’t very troublesome to be calmer or extra severe than Lando. Charles is simply that. Nonetheless, me too. However off the piste, Charles and I’ll have as a lot enjoyable as we did with Lando.
Query Ferrari is a particular crew. Did Fernando Alonso offer you any recommendation?
Carlos Science: We have not talked about it but, however Ferrari has modified loads since 2014 – now the crew has nothing to do with what it was then. After all, I’ll heed his recommendation, however individuals have modified. Method 1 is altering. The crew spirit and keenness haven’t modified, and Fernando will certainly have a few tales about it.
Q: What do you concentrate on the prospects of Fernando Alonso at Renault subsequent yr?
Carlos Science: Renault had the third quickest automobile in lots of races and received three podiums. Driving such a automobile, Fernando will obtain the identical success as Riccardo, and maybe even extra. If Renault continues to progress, they’ll develop into a powerful contender. Alonso, like me, is most apprehensive about 2022, when the rules will change. Every of us desires to reap the benefits of this.
Q: As a baby, dreaming of a racing profession, what did you consider Ferrari?
Carlos Science: When you concentrate on Ferrari, you dream of profitable. I’ve all the time needed to win at Ferrari. After all, will probably be troublesome, however I’ll do every part to make it occur. There’s nonetheless a protracted technique to go: we have to full the restructuring of the crew and make progress in order that sometime we’ve got an opportunity to win. However that is my aim, and I’ll attempt to obtain it.
Q: What’s your finest overtaking this season? Maybe overtaking Leclair?
Carlos Science: I had nice overtaking Leclerc in Hungary and Bahrain. Maybe I’ll name overtaking Bottas, as a result of I used to be forward of Mercedes within the combat for the rostrum! Or overtaking Kimi on the skin radius on the first nook of Monza. There have been lots of stunning overtakes – you’ll have to keep in mind each race.
Query: What do you consider tifozi?
Carlos Science: In Method 1, crucial factor is the outcomes. Whereas dwelling in England, I had a superb relationship with the crew. However podiums are necessary to me, so my aim is to attain the identical ends in a distinct surroundings. I’ll preserve the identical strategy to working in a brand new crew and hope that I’ll succeed.
Query: You should have solely a day and a half to work with the automobile in the course of the pre-season checks …
Carlos Science: It’ll negatively have an effect on my preparation. Solely a day and a half on the monitor – after which, if there aren’t any pink flags and rain. It is nothing when that you must get comfy with a brand new automobile. I’ll attempt to preserve this adaptation interval as brief as attainable. I’ll have this strategy.