F1 racer Carlos Sainz admitted that being a Ferrari driver was “extra pressure” despite it being his dream of many years.
Sainz made his Ferrari debut at the beginning of the 2021 season, replacing Sebastian Vettel. He had an excellent first season with the team, finishing P5 in the Drivers’ Championship and helping his team clinch third in the Constructors’.
One of the most consistent point-scorers in 2021, the Spaniard was exceptional throughout. His performances have prompted the folks at Maranello to begin work on a contract extension, something he is very keen on.
However, Sainz admitted that being a Ferrari driver was “extra pressure” than racing for other teams.
“It comes with a lot more pressure,” Sainz said, as quoted by Racingnews365.com.
“It also comes with a bit of a busier schedule, being a Ferrari driver and having to have so many commitments, so it does make the season a bit more packed, a bit more stressful, a bit more with extra pressure.”
“It’s been fairly easy for me to keep reminding myself that I am achieving a dream,” he continued.
“That is to drive for the best team in Formula 1, and the most historic team in Formula 1.
“It’s a dream come true for me since I’m a kid, (to) be driving for Ferrari, and if I keep reminding myself (of) this kind of thing, then I actually go into the (race) weekend always excited, always with good energy, always trying to learn, trying to become better to make sure that, if the chance of fighting for a World Championship with Ferrari ever arrives, I’m going to be as prepared and as ready as possible.
“This has given me a good balance this year. It’s allowed me to make another little step as a driver, and to make me finish the season on a high, and now (I’m) ready to (face) whatever comes in 2022,” he concluded.