Sainz Jr never considered joining Formula 1
His father may be a rally legend, but Carlos Sainz says he’s never been close to following in his footsteps rather than pursuing a career in F1.
Sainz had six excellent years on the grid, driving for two of the sport’s biggest names, McLaren and Ferrari, and finish on the podium three times despite having never been in the midfield machines.
However, he is still not the most successful driver in his family, with his father having won the World Rally Championship twice and being one of the most successful rally drivers of all time.
Despite this, Sainz says F1 has always been the category he wanted to be in.
“Rally, honestly, even though I was very close to my dad, I didn’t understand much about rallying because you couldn’t really follow him on TV,” he said according to GPFans.
“He was leaving for two or three weeks and I couldn’t follow what he was doing while in F1, since I was nine, I could follow him on TV, there was an F1 match.
“I could spend a lot more time following F1 and in the end karting was also closer to F1 than rallying because it’s a single-seater with an engine and a track and you race each other. so my career was going to go to F1 I think.
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That being said, he feels that being from a racing family still influenced him a lot, which is part of why he wanted to have a career in motorsport.
“That’s a good question because I think in my case it’s 90% my choice and 10% maybe under the influence of my family,” he added.
“I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t been born with the genes and talent of my dad and my family, surrounded by racing cars and that atmosphere, it would have been a lot harder for me to fall in love. of…
“It doesn’t matter if it’s rally or F1 because I watched F1 races with my dad.”
However, he wishes to clarify that it was his choice to pursue such a career and not that of his father.
“My dad never forced me into motorsport,” he said.
“He was actually happy that I played football in school, tennis and paddleboard and all the other sports and he never commented on professional racing or karting.
“I was the one who pushed him to help me pursue this career, so it’s a lot of personal choice, and I encourage parents of future generations to make sure they don’t force their children to do something.
“It must be the children who are the ones who drive the strength and the will to pursue their own will and their own career.”
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