Sainz unfazed by lack of attention

Date published: June 5 2015

Carlos Sainz is unperturbed by the lack of coverage he is receiving in his debut season, saying he is more worried about impressing his bosses.

With his Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen becoming F1's youngest-ever driver at the age of 17 this year, the media have tended to focus a lot of their attention on the Dutch teenager.

The 20-year-old Sainz, though, has quietly gone about his business and has already scored nine points so far this campaign.

Asked by F1i if he has been overlooked so far, he replied: "Yeah, clearly.

"It’s how it is at the moment and I need to accept it. I don’t really care as far as the team knows what I’m doing, even if out there in the press and everything they don’t speak too much about me, I know in the team they are very happy with me, they are supporting me a lot and they are all happy.

"So that is my main concern, Franz Tost, Helmut Marko and company at the moment. I’m calm about that even though it is true that people are not so much speaking about me."

One of the most impressive stats from Sainz is his four top 10 finishes in the six races to date while he has had only one retirement.

However, the Spaniard knows that there will be some difficult moments later in the season.

"Yeah I think it has been a bit better than expectations that I had for myself," he said. "I knew I could do a good job but so far the first six races have been really good. Unfortunately we have only done six races and not a full year! There is still another two thirds of the campaign to follow but I will keep doing my best. I think it’s been a positive start and now we need to keep working and keep doing what we’re doing.

"There will be tough moments this year for sure where the critics will come again and all that, as always happens in Formula One, but at least I’ve had a first six positive races."