Carlos Sainz doesn’t have what it takes to be the “sauce on the pasta at Ferrari”, that’s according to Dutch commentator Olav Mol.
With Sebastian Vettel considering his future with Ferrari, the Scuderia has reportedly lined up a list of favourites to replace him.
Sainz is on the shortlist along with Daniel Ricciardo and Antonio Giovinazzi.
Reports of the Spaniard featuring on the list began last month, a one-liner in a report from Gazzetta dello Sport.
However, if you want the real source, Mol reckons one doesn’t have to look any further than the Sainz family.
“I know the Sainzs a little bit and they brought this out themselves,” GPBlog quotes Mol as having said during the ‘F1 aan Tafel of Grand Prix Radio’ podcast.
The Dutch F1 presenter also doesn’t believe Sainz is up for the job.
Although the McLaren driver bagged his first-ever Formula 1 podium last season with a third-place at the Brazilian Grand Prix, Mol feels Sainz still has some way to go before he is the calibre of driver that Ferrari needs.
“If it’s really an option for Sainz, I think it’s way too early,” he explained.
“He already has to work very hard to reach this level and as a Ferrari driver there is just a little bit more pressure. Leclerc had some trouble with that at first.
“I don’t know if Sainz is strong enough for Ferrari. He’s very strong on Sunday, but he’s just not constant enough for that.
“I don’t have the idea that he will become the sauce on the pasta at Ferrari.”
Check out this brand new video from our friends at Racing Statistics. The top 50 F1 drivers based on the percentage of podium finishes from race starts: