Carlos Sainz revealed his intention to stay at Ferrari forever, saying that it was the best career move he could have asked for.
Sainz moved to Ferrari from McLaren at the beginning of 2021. His debut season was a slow-burn, but it was very successful. The Spaniard stood on the podium four times, and in a season where all new signings struggled, he adapted and delivered the most.
Fans expected him to be beaten by his more fancied teammate Charles Leclerc, who has been at Ferrari for a long time. Instead, it was the Smooth Operator who came up trumps, beating the Monegasque and former teammate Lando Norris to P5 in the Drivers’ Championship on the last day of the season.
Basking in his debut success, Sainz revealed his intention to stay at Ferrari forever, and expressed his happiness with the team and how they welcomed him.
“Considering that I have another year left on my contract, I’m not in a hurry,” Sainz told AS.
“But it’s true that right now I don’t see myself anywhere else but Ferrari in the medium or long term.
“I am happy here, I enjoy it a lot and I go home after every race with a smile on my face and a sense of pride for being a Ferrari driver.
“And if you add good results to that, I don’t think I’ll be better off than at Ferrari anywhere. I am happy to be here.”
What a year
“I had quite high expectations, because I like to set the bar as high as possible to try my best to meet it,” he continued.
“With a high target, you push yourself more during the season.
“I can’t say if I’ve met them all or not, but I knew it would be a season of adaptation, hard, especially at the beginning, and the most important thing was to finish the year stronger than I started it, with a good progression. And I have more than achieved that.”