MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 23: Second placed Carlos Sainz of Spain and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme with his trophy and a bottle of Ferrari Trento sparkling wine during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 23, 2021 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Gonzalo Fuentes - Pool/Getty Images)

Carlos Sainz revealed that he is happy to fight with the younger drivers on the F1 grid, and praised them for their hard and fair racing.

Sainz was one of the top performers of 2021, taking P5 on the last day of the season. He led Ferrari’s charge towards P3 in the Constructors’ Championship, and had his best ever season on a personal level.

The Spaniard was among the most consistent drivers last season. He took four podiums and a string of other good results, and has done battle with the top drivers on the grid. He has also battled those way younger than him, and has relished them to the fullest.

Sainz revealed that he is happy to fight with the younger drivers on the F1 grid, and said that he loves the attitude the younger generation has towards racing.

“I just enjoy battling guys like Charles, Lando, and George when he will get the Mercedes next year,” the Ferrari driver said, as quoted by thecheckeredflag.co.uk

“It’s a generation of drivers that, even if I am not exactly the age that they are, I just enjoy fighting with them.”

Sainz (pictured) unleashed the Smooth Operator this season. Source: Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Young blood

“I think they are on a very good level, but in a way they also manage to keep it clean on-track, and put together good battles,” he said.  

“This year, if you look at the midfield and the way we’ve managed to behave ourselves and race, it’s been a really positive.

“Let’s see next year if we are all fighting for higher stakes if we can keep it that way, because personally I enjoy it a lot. But I feel capable of fighting anyone, for sure.”

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