FORMULA 1: CARLOS SAINZ JR.
tennis, it would have been possible to have
that. In terms of actual driving and all that,
he didn’t teach me anything. He believed
this was coming from talent.
“For my dad it was tricky, because at the
same time I was learning about karting,
he was also learning. We were always
saying, ‘Imagine if we’d known this two
years earlier, we should have gone to this
team, or used this engine, or used these
tires.’ But as we both had no experience,
we learned at the same time about this.”
Inevitably, his famous name meant
that, from the very beginning, Sainz Jr.
was in the spotlight: “This was always
going to happen,” he says. “It happened
to me, to Nico [Rosberg], to everyone else
who has a well-known father. What
I know is that for the first four years of
my karting career I was ‘the son of,’ and
I couldn’t stand it! I didn’t have a name,
I was just the son of Carlos Sainz.
“I worked really hard to take this out of
myself and one day be Carlos Sainz in my
own right, and be myself. There’s a lot of
pressure. As soon as you do a mistake or
something there’s a lot of criticism, and a
lot of eyes are watching you. It’s not as
was a solid fourth in Formula BMW Europe
in 2010, and then in ’ 11 he beat Kvyat
and Stoffel Vandoorne to the Formula
Renault NEC title. He graduated to F3
in 2012, and in ’ 13 ran both GP3 and
a part season in Renault 3. 5, although
both years a title challenge eluded him.
“For me, it’s been a perfect career,
where I’ve never repeated a full year in a
Carlos sainz Jr.
“i worked really hard to
be Carlos sainz in my
own right, and be myself.
There’s a lot of pressure”
It looks spectacular, but as Carlos Sainz Jr. noted after the
Monaco GP, the challenge for an F1 rookie is more mental than
physical, given the complexity of the current-gen power units.
Racing for the crack DAMS
team (ABOVE), Carlos Sainz Jr.
dominated the 2014 Formula
Renault 3. 5 Championship. His
father, former World Rally ace
Carlos Sr., supplied moral
support and advice on the
mental side of competing.
easy as people might think...”
Fortunately he had the talent, and he
soon began to impress in karts. In late
2009, having only just turned 15, he was
invited by Red Bull to test a Formula BMW
car. He did a good job and, along with
Daniil Kvyat, was picked up for ’ 10.
Of course, the name was part of the
appeal, but as we’ve seen over the years,
Red Bull drivers have to perform. Carlos