Ferrari will be fielding a younger line-up consisting of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in 2021. While Sainz will be making his Ferrari debut, Leclerc has already been with the team for two years now which makes him better equipped with the knowledge of how the Ferrari team functions. Even though Sainz is brand new when it comes to working at Ferrari, Leclerc feels that Sainz won’t need any guidance and he has explained why in a media address following Ferrari’s private testing at Fiorano.
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Why Sainz Doesn’t Need Advice From Leclerc
Leclerc began by explaining why it was good to be back on the track
“It was really good to be back behind the wheel. It’s only been 44 days [since Abu Dhabi] but it felt like a really long time. Most years I normally take quite a bit of laps before getting back to speed, but this year I have to say it’s been quite quick”
He further elaborated on the importance of such a test
“Just to get back into the rhythm with the mechanics - working with the engineers to try and fine-tune the car because even though there is nobody to race against, we are always trying to find a better way to set up the car - all of these things help for the rest of the season”
He then turned his attention towards Carlos Sainz and signed off by revealing that he had kept a close eye on Sainz during the test and wished him good fortune
“If he has come this far, I think he does not need any advice. He knows perfectly well what he is doing and this is a day for him to gain confidence with the team. I know the team a little more and that’s it. I have been watching him very attentively today and I can only wish him the best of luck”
James Allison, the technical director of Mercedes, has stated their “challenge over the weeks since those rules” regarding lesser time in the wind tunnel “were set in stone” has been “to try to recover as much of the performance as possible”
This is because the rules “brings the performance of the car way back to sort of somewhere near 2019 levels”
He added that it “has been quite an entertaining ride in the wind tunnel and in CFD to try and make sure that” they “get that performance as far as possible back onto the car”
McLaren’s Lando Norris feels that he is “a nice guy who always tries to be nice, but” he also tries “to tell the truth sometimes”
However, “sometimes people don't want to hear what is true. On the other hand, sometimes” he says things he “shouldn't have said because” he “didn't think about it properly”
He further added that “there is probably nobody else in the paddock” he respects more than Mercedes’ “Lewis [Hamilton] and what he has achieved”
He also stated that he “can't say at all that” Lewis’ “not doing a good job, because” he knows “how tough it is to be on the podium even once”
McLaren will be revealing their 2021 car on the 15th of February
Former F1 driver Gerhard Berger thinks that “'Lewis is absolute world class. In addition to his tremendous speed and talent, he now has the experience”
He also suggested that Lewis’ “teammate Valtteri Bottas is not slow either, but he has no chance against Hamilton”
“That is how most drivers feel. Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel in normal form are of that top level, but Lewis is really the number one”
Carlos Sainz has revealed that it was “one of the most special moments for” him was when he “arrived at the” Fiorano circuit and he “saw the Ferrari with” his “number 55 on it!”
He would also “like to thank Mattia [Binotto], Laurent [Mekies] and everyone at Ferrari for such a warm welcome and such a positive first day in the 2018 car”
He further is “very happy and could not have wished for a better start”
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez has suggested that he is “a different driver now” as he has “much more experience and understanding on the technical side”
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