Carlos Sainz Jr put the F1 community in shock after switching from McLaren to Ferrari this season. Considering Ferrari’s disastrous season last year, many were under the impression that he was going further down the midfield battle.

The Italian outfit, however, has surprised everyone this season and are currently in the fight with Sainz’s former team for third place.

Carlos Sainz. Source: planetf1.com

The 26-year-old began his F1 career with Toro Rosso and is now going places already. He recently revealed his role model and why he looks up to him.

Sebastian Vettel taught him a whole lot

The Spaniard considers Sebastian Vettel, a four-time world champion, as his point of reference in Formula 1.

Sainz talks about his days when he was using the Red Bull simulator and why Vettel is his role model.

Sainz said, “I have known Seb for many years and in my career he has always been a point of reference for me. 

“I spent endless hours in the simulator in Red Bull Racing while he was winning the World Championship and I learned a lot from his way of doing, both on and off the track.

“He is definitely one of the best riders in the history of this sport and I will always consider him a role model to follow in many respects.”

Sainz talks about his journey so far

Sebastian Vettel and Carlos Sainz. Source: gpfans.com

Sainz moved to Renault back in 2017. However, he was almost without a seat for the 2019 season after he was replaced with Daniel Ricciardo.

He was then presented with an opportunity at McLaren which pushed his career ahead.

Sainz helped the Woking-based team finish third last season and had a strong second-place finish in Monza.

Currently racing for Ferrari, Sainz credits his success to hard work and not giving up.

He said, “Knowing how hard it is to get a seat in Formula 1, you always fear that you won’t make it. But if you commit yourself, believe in your talent, and work hard, the fears go away and you focus on giving the best of yourself.”

Will Sainz be able to bring the Prancing Horse back on the podium just like he did with McLaren? Let us know in the comments below!

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