“They are the two best teams in history” – Carlos Sainz has compared Ferrari and McLaren to Real Madrid and Barcelona, hoping to challenge Mercedes, which is Bayern Munich in this case.
Mercedes dominated the last decade; Ferrari and McLaren have been the most dominant-ever in Formula 1. But with both teams yet to win a title for over a decade now, Carlos Sainz has referred to them as Real Madrid and Barcelona, looking to stop Mercedes a.k.a. Bayern Munich’s dominance in Europe.
“It’s one way of saying it. But McLaren is Barça, which is also a very good team to be on. It cannot be compared, because, in addition, both are in a restructuring [phase] to try to dethrone Mercedes in the future.”
But they are the two best teams in history and when you go from one to the other, it means you are doing something right in Formula 1.
— AS English (@English_AS) January 8, 2021
Carlos Sainz eager to improve team chemistry at McLaren
Sainz and Lando Norris had a brilliant bond at McLaren, which showed in the entire team’s chemistry as well. The same cannot be said about Ferrari, however, with Sebastian Vettel’s disappointing last season leaving a bitter taste in every Tifosi’s mouth. This is where the Spaniard wants to come into play and bring the McLaren team culture into Ferrari this season, and beyond.
That I managed to do it at McLaren means I can do it at Ferrari. If I could create a good team, generate good dynamics at McLaren, why not do it at Ferrari?
“I can do it. I like the people there, I like Mattia [Binotto, team principal) and I like what I see, what we have talked about. There was no hesitation when it came to signing the contract and going forward. In my head, there is no possibility this environment and a similar situation cannot be generated. If I could at McLaren, I can at Ferrari.”
“Once inside, I have to analyze the situation and then contribute my knowledge and my way of doing things. A team is a thousand people and the driver can only put talent, speed, and a direction in which the development of the team should go. But that the car is fast is not only up to the driver.”