And the 29-year-old Ferrari star has paid tribute to his father as someone who managed to outthink the rest of the competition.
Sainz: My dad was smarter than anyone
“I asked him not to race hard every day because at the end of the day the Dakar is an endurance race and he likes to race a lot,” the Ferrari F1 driver said.
“He had to race a lot to win, but he was smarter than anyone else and managed the race as only he knows how.
“The Dakar was perfect, he did the smartest Dakar I’ve ever seen him do in my life. He managed it perfectly and showed that he also has experience.
“It has been a very long Dakar, a very hard Dakar with all kinds of terrain, all kinds of stages, some new ones like the 48-hour stage, the marathon that was there.
“There has been everything, and he has been able to get through it all. In the key stages is also where he has done the best, and that shows you that he has come very well prepared, very motivated and they have nailed it.”
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