Sainz not worried about Leclerc relationship

Date published: January 19 2021

Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc

Swapping McLaren for Ferrari and Lando Norris for Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz doesn’t believe he will have any issues with his new 2021 team-mate.

This year Sainz is racing in red, having signed with Ferrari before even the first race of the 2020 season.

It was a decision that has been widely questioned as, not only was McLaren the better team last season, P3 in the standings to Ferrari’s P6, but the Scuderia is also a team that is being built around Leclerc.

While Sainz has a two-year deal with Ferrari, Leclerc is the team’s future having signed a five-year contract at the beginning of 2020.

The two new team-mates had very different relationships with their 2019/20 partners with Sainz and Norris entering one of F1’s better bromances as they worked together to improve McLaren while Leclerc often clashed with his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel.

Sainz isn’t worried, confident he’ll have a “good” relationship with Leclerc.

“Obviously my relationship with Lando is great and I enjoyed it a lot,” Sainz told Crash.net.

“Since the moment we met, we always had a good feeling with each other and we have managed to translate that into a very healthy and competitive relationship also at the track. We respect each other but we also keep it really competitive and really respectful.

“I think this is helping a lot the team to move forward and to now be third in the Constructors’ Championship, we are always looking out for each other on track and bringing a fair bit of points for the team.

“That’s exactly what I want to carry over into Ferrari.

“I’ve always got on well with my team-mates, it’s never been an issue for me and I already get on very well with Charles and I have no problems with that and I’m sure I can also have a good relationship there.”

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With pre-season slashed to three days in order to cut costs, Sainz will have just a day and a half in the 2021 Ferrari before heading to Bahrain for the season-opening grand prix.

The Spaniard, though, is already getting to know his new team, recently spending time in the factory and hours in the simulator.

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