Sainz: Being Alonso's teammate is F1's biggest ask

Published on 07 Aug 2018 13:58
image

Carlos Sainz believes that being teammates with Fernando Alonso would be the biggest ask in Formula 1 today. The 23-year-old will be leaving Renault at the end of the year, and has been heavily linked with a move to McLaren.

However, it is unclear if he would be partnering Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne or another driver at the team should he make the switch. Alonso is heavily out-performing current teammate Vandoorne, with the Belgian yet to get the better of Alonso in qualifying this season.

When asked if he would be able to beat Alonso, Sainz replied: "I don't know, because I haven't even thought about it, as still it's not happening. I'm ready to beat anyone in the field. My racing spirit and my competitiveness and my self-confidence tells me that I can take over anyone.

"Probably Fernando would be the biggest ask that you could have on the grid, that's for sure. But yeah, I would feel ready for anything," he added.

Alonso has been an idol of Sainz for many years, as the latter grew up watching his compatriot winning races and championships. And Sainz says that racing alongside his hero is something that he could never have imagined happening to him.

"I think since I arrived in F1 I have started next to him in nearly every race, which is quite strange," he said. "It's something I didn't expect, because you would expect Fernando to be fighting for world championships instead of fighting with me in the midfield at the beginning of my career.

"But what I feel particularly proud of, and particularly happy [about], is that these few years I've been taught by the best. I don't feel I've been driving in the midfield. I feel like I've been driving for world titles, because simply to be up against Fernando in every race, also Jenson [Button], when he was in McLaren, it's been a great feeling. That is what it makes me feel ready for whatever comes."

 

Fergal Walsh



Replies (3)
US Rindtchamp 07 Aug 2018 15:35+1
Posts: 221
Ready to beat him? you couldn't beat the Hulk mate.. what makes you think you can be close to Alonso?
 
US mcbhargav 07 Aug 2018 17:370
Posts: 539
If Sainz could come 0.200 sec close to Alonso consistently, its an improvement.
 
Posts: 124
tbf - only Hamilton has ever outperformed All in same kit.
 

HU
        Grand Prix of Hungary
Local time
Give your opinion!
Vettel's fault at Hockenheim will play a crucial role in the championship




Driver profile
Name ES Fernando Alonso
Active As McLaren Driver in Formula 1
Date of birth Jul 29 1981 (37)
Weight 68 kg
Height 1.71m
City Oviedo
154,077 comments on Alonso
65 members have this driver as their favourite
Tweets about Fernando Alonso
Track Hungaroring
 
Track Hungaroring
Location HU Budapest, Hungary
Website Website
 
Team profile
Name GB McLaren
Founding date Jan 1 1963
212,745 comments on McLaren
98 members have this team as their favourite
Website http://www.mclaren.com
Location Woking
Tweets about McLaren
Formula 1 Calendar
Previous Grand Prix: 29 July 2018
HU Grand Prix of Hungary Grand Prix of Hungary
Next Grand Prix: 26 August 2018
BE Grand Prix of Belgium Grand Prix of Belgium