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Sainz dismisses scepticism over Ferrari young driver pairing with Leclerc

Sainz dismisses scepticism over Ferrari young driver pairing with Leclerc

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Sainz dismisses scepticism over Ferrari young driver pairing with Leclerc

Sainz dismisses scepticism over Ferrari young driver pairing with Leclerc

Carlos Sainz has dismissed concerns regarding his seemingly inexperienced Ferrari partnership with Charles Leclerc this season.

The 26-year-old Spaniard is poised for his first campaign with the team following his move over the winter from McLaren.

In tandem with 23-year-old Leclerc, the duo forms the Scuderia's youngest pairing since 1968, with a combined total of just nine seasons in F1 between them.

But in an interview for Ferrari's Racing Activities book, while Sainz recognises the responsibility that comes with such a fact, he does not see it as any handicap.

"To be honest, I don’t think age on its own is such an important factor," said Sainz. "If anything, experience in this sport is more valuable than age.

"Obviously, the older you are the more experienced you get, but even that is not a guarantee that you will be faster.

"I’m only 26 years old but I’ve already done six seasons in Formula 1 and have driven for three different teams before joining Ferrari.

"Charles is 23 years old but he is about to start his fourth season in Formula 1 and his third year with the team, so he knows the car and his way around Maranello perfectly.

"My point is that, despite being the youngest pair of drivers at the Scuderia in many years, we are not rookies anymore and we understand the importance and responsibility of driving for Ferrari.

"I really look forward to that responsibility in a good and positive way and I’m sure that, together with Charles, we are going to bring motivation, passion and hunger to the team."

As a driver that has yearned since he was a small boy to represent Ferrari, Sainz has made it clear to the fans he will give his utmost to help the team return to winning ways.

"To all the tifosi out there, I can guarantee my absolute commitment to them and to the Scuderia," added Sainz.

"We share the same passion for this team and they can be sure I will give my absolute best to make them proud.

"I will drive my heart out in every single race and work hard away from the track to help the team improve faster.

"I’m sure we also share the ambition of seeing Ferrari back where it belongs and with their support I’m convinced we will get there sooner than later.

"It is an absolute honour to represent the best fans in the world and I’m impatient to jump in the car and go racing knowing they’re with me."

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