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Ferrari star admits 'PRESSURE' from unshakeable label

Ferrari star admits 'PRESSURE' from unshakeable label

Ferrari star admits 'PRESSURE' from unshakeable label

Ferrari star admits 'PRESSURE' from unshakeable label

One Ferrari driver has admitted he may never be able to get rid of a label which has stuck to him throughout his motorsport career.

Both Scuderia drivers have made strong starts to the 2024 season, Charles Leclerc winning at home in Monaco weeks after Carlos Sainz triumphed in Australia.

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However, in Canada Ferrari crashed back down to earth with a double Q2 exit followed by a double DNF on race day.

Ahead of his home grand prix in Spain, Sainz has named an association which he feels may stick with him regardless of where he goes in motorsport.

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Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have both seen previous success with the Scuderia

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Whilst Sainz has impressed at Ferrari, he finds himself unfortunate to be out of a seat for 2025 after the Italian team announced the signing of Lewis Hamilton to replace him.

Being ousted for the seven-time world champion is nothing to be ashamed of, though the Spaniard's options - or lack of - for next season have compounded a frustrating situation.

He now seems destined for either Williams or Sauber after years of racing at the front of the grid.

Sainz will likely still find himself in the privileged position of having a drive at the pinnacle of motorsport, a grid he was able to get to in part thanks to his father, two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr.

“To be extremely honest, I think on a practical level ‘being the son of’ is an advantage," explained Sainz Jr. on the Nude Project podcast.

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“I have a father who luckily has done well financially, he had money to pay for my karting career, he has contacts to get some sponsorship when you’re young, some help to cover the budget.

"He has the experience to give you all that advice. In practice it’s a great thing," he added."

Sainz Sr. is still able to confidently hand out racing advice in his sixties, having become the oldest Dakar Rally winner in 2024, aged 61.

“Now on a theoretical or more personal level, to have it in your head that you’re Carlos Sainz’s [Sr.] son and to have that extra pressure once you’re in the car and it’s you against the world, it’s not so easy," the Ferrari driver contested.

“I’m proud to be ‘son of’, but don’t underestimate the things that come with having that label and that continuous comparison.

“‘That guy is only there because of his surname’ – it’s a phrase I keep hearing even though I’m a Ferrari driver and have been signed by Red Bull."

Sainz Sr. raced with a Red Bull-backed team at the Dakar Rally in 2013 and 2014, though by then his son had already been part of the Red Bull junior programme since 2010.

The 29-year-old signed for Red Bull's junior team, Toro Rosso, in 2015, before moving on to Renault, McLaren, and Ferrari, where he has taken three race wins.

“It’s a label I may never get rid of, but that phrase motivated me at the time and thanks to them I also won my races in F1 and I wanted to show everyone that I’m not here because I’m ‘the son of.’

“Now I laugh and I don’t care anymore.”

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