The Spaniard didn’t know the place to go and commenced to drive in circles.
It’s a kind of circumstances that with expertise conquers hearts. He doesn’t overflow with sympathy, nor does he attempt to build up charisma. However the public loves it. To such an extent that a couple of months in the past he was chosen by a survey carried out by the World Rally by the networks. The Spanish Carlos Sainz is right this moment the best determine of the Dakar. For his profession, for his world Rally titles, for his conquests on the Dakar.
Stephane Peterhansel, the report holder of this specialty and teammate of “El Matador”, respects him like no different within the intimacy of the X-Raid workforce that its members are amazed.
However Sainz, regardless of this privileged situation, this yr with out the shadow that megastar Fernando Alonso prompted him, he isn’t comfy. Moreover, the Spaniards themselves preserve that “Discover very offended”. And the madridista makes it evident.
Whereas it’s true that within the Dakar something can occur, Sainz, with Mini, appears to be marginalized from the combat for the ultimate victory. It’s greater than half an hour from the vanguard, disputed by Peterhansel himself and Qatari Nasser Al-Attityah, with Toyota Hilux.
Why is Sainz so removed from the highest when he competes within the extra established workforce? Actuality signifies that the Spanish received misplaced a few instances. To such an extent that in one among them his Mini started to spin in circles in the course of the Saudi Arabian desert and that motion, accelerated within the version, went viral, nearly to the restrict of the joke on the networks.
“The rally appears to be like extra like a gymkhana (a relaxed follow) than a rally raid. I’ve been 14 dakares and by no means in my life have I misplaced myself in two days and half an hour. This isn’t the Dakar. Now we have by no means seen everybody get misplaced, searching for the checkpoint … This isn’t what I like. It is extra of a lottery, this isn’t driving, I am fairly sick of this“Sainz fired on the Spanish media after that uncommon scenario skilled in phases 4 and 5.
Upon arrival on the camp, when Sainz was requested about his delay, he merely slipped: “Ask Lucas (Cruz).” And all eyes have been on his navigator, the historic one, with whom he had already identified the glory of the Dakar.
Lucas Cruz, a Catalan (each talk about soccer due to the fanaticism of the 2 nice soccer gamers in Spain), admitted that the brand new system for studying the street map was difficult. Till final yr it obtained the standard paper, which was changed by the pill with the graphics that point out the steps to observe on the route.
“I am somewhat demoralized, upset”Sainz confused. “For me the rally has modified the philosophy of the roadbook and it isn’t a query of understanding how one can navigate or not. It’s one other philosophy that we’ve got not been capable of interpret or perceive and it appears extra like a Dakar for co-drivers than for drivers. Earlier than, the roadbook has at all times tried that will help you to direct you, now plainly what it’s attempting to do is to catch you, “he shot.
“We have been misplaced 3 times, however having the sensation of not going by the appropriate place, a number of them extra. There are crosses that aren’t seen that usually earlier than they have been marked very nicely, it’s totally different. Some have understood it, however not us, in addition to many individuals. And I defend Lucas as a result of it’s one thing that we weren’t used to and that has by no means been completed like this. It isn’t understanding how one can navigate with a course, as a result of within the dunes we don’t get misplaced, it’s alongside roads the place there are crossroads“, he commented to the newspaper AS.
Anyway, there’s a figuring out reality. Not all have been misplaced. And actually, there are those that did it higher than the Spanish crew. “I take off my hat with those that are main and they’re doing a lot better.” However he insisted: “I do not prefer it as a result of co-piloting is extra vital, going slowly to see a crossing nicely … There’s nothing written about tastes and I can specific my opinion”.
Many argue that when Sainz wins he takes the laurels, and when issues do not go his method, duty is concentrated on different individuals or points.
One other nice of world motorsport, the a number of Rally champion Sebastien Loeb (broke the suspension arm within the sixth stage), added to the criticism of Sainz. Those that come from velocity on marked roads, really feel that the foundations of the sport are barely modified to alter the axis and be marginalized.
This new actuality of the Dakar, will it mark the departure of Sainz? Too early to know the reply. For now, “El Matador” will start to compete within the Excessive-E, a brand new class that mixes the raid with various power autos and whose championship is deliberate, pandemic by, end in Argentina, in Tierra del Fuego, on the finish of the yr.
The instances change. It’s stated that you must be like water and adapt to every modification. In the meantime, within the Dakar, the protests of the referents are heard, maybe solely with the only achievement of giving voice to the adjustments that appear unavoidable.
The sixth stage, which ended within the metropolis of Ha’il, in northern Saudi Arabia, marked a conservative perspective for many of the contributors, together with the Argentines. On bikes, Kevin Benavídes (Honda), who got here from profitable and taking the lead within the normal classification nearly heroically after a serious accident, misplaced that management standing by the hands of Toby Value (KTM).