Sainz joined Ferrari for 2021 and linked up with Leclerc to aid the workforce choose 3rd area in the constructors’ standings as it bounced back from its worst period in 40 many years.
Sainz ended the 12 months fifth in the drivers’ championship, 5.5 details forward of Leclerc, and scored four podiums throughout the system of the time. Leclerc only completed on the podium after, but picked up two pole positions.
Both Sainz and Leclerc felt the had acquired a lot from every other in their 1st yr as teammates, but Sainz discovered he initially identified it really hard to believe how Leclerc was driving so quickly during pre-year screening.
“Since the minute I arrived to wintertime screening in Bahrain, I experienced a great deal of matters to master from Charles,” Sainz stated.
“The way that he was driving the Ferrari in a distinct way to be as speedy and as rapidly as he’s currently being all calendar year long, I have experienced to adapt myself [to it], I had to duplicate a ton of the stuff that I was observing on the details.
“Sometimes it was tricky to believe that it was doable to do that, and it was so ridiculous swift that it was in fact a little bit shocking.
“But minimal by tiny, adapting and striving to find out from him, I managed to get to a excellent degree.
“There’s still points that when we will go into the winter season crack, he’s much much better than me in certain areas. We will exchange some details and we will attempt and equally develop into greater drivers mastering from each individual other.”
Leclerc and Sainz forged a shut friendship off-observe as very well as on-monitor, coming as a raise to Ferrari as its on-keep track of fortunes liked an upward swing.
“We learned a large amount,” Leclerc mentioned. “As usually, when you have a new teammate, you always find out, [such as] the new means Carlos is approaching race weekends, the way he operates, his expertise, his raw velocity also, the way he requires the corners.
“He’s had an wonderful yr, so he has naturally pushed me very, pretty a lot to try out and conduct far better at every single race and it is just been really fascinating.
“I feel probably one particular of the solid details of Carlos is the race management and tyre administration, and that is likely been my weakness in 2019. I’ve progressed a great deal as a driver in 2020, and all over again this 12 months, and portion of this 12 months is thanks to Carlos.”
Sainz and Leclerc finished one particular location apart in the race classification for 4 of the very last 5 rounds of the 2021 year, and loved a shut struggle for seventh spot in Saudi Arabia.
Sainz felt assured that the near levels of competition amongst him and Leclerc would just take both of those drivers “to a much better amount future time, and it is also heading to profit Ferrari.”
“It’s a wonderful competition to have, and a good teammate to have, apart from remaining a super awesome dude to have as a teammate,” said Sainz.