Formula 1

The Spaniard insists he’s relishing the pressure of the Italian Grand Prix

SEE: SAY WHAT?! Ferrari scrambles for tyres in botched 2022 Dutch Grand Prix But I’m going to take a slightly different approach.” Who stood out in Zandvoort? “A little bit, I won’t lie,” he replied. The Dutch Grand Prix produced six winners and five losers. Team boss Binotto called Sainz’s pit stop “a mess.” In the best team radio from Zandvoort, Sainz begs the stewards while Hamilton turns the airwaves blue. “You know, wins can still happen in a variety of ways.” “I’m racing for Ferrari in Monza in a competitive car, and then you appreciate and enjoy it a lot more, and this will be my target, and then we’ll see how the weekend goes, how the car performs, and so on.” “And I’m eager to enjoy my target that we can use especially to enjoy it, because there’s always so much to do – there’s always extra media, extra things, extra events, extra pressure – that sometimes they don’t allow you to open your eyes and see what’s actually happening.” Red Bull’s blistering pace at low-downforce, high-speed Spa-Francorchamps, where Max Verstappen recovered from P14 to a comfortable victory, fueled concerns that Monza would provide a similar pace advantage for Max Verstappen’s team. You may not be the fastest, but you may be able to turn around and win, so we’ll give it our all.” Following Verstappen’s victory at Spa, Sainz was asked if he was “nervous” about Red Bull’s pace, with Sergio Perez backing up a one-two for the team in Belgium as Sainz dropped from pole to P3. At Zandvoort, where Sainz finished eighth after a botched pitstop and a time penalty for an unsafe release, the Spaniard was asked if he could enjoy this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix despite Ferrari’s intense pressure. Despite his race at Zandvoort, the looming threat of a pair of very fast Red Bulls, and the weight of pressure from the fanatical tifosi on the Italian F1 team at their home race, Carlos Sainz has insisted he is determined to “enjoy” his second trip to Monza as a Ferrari driver. Ferrari won at Monza with Charles Leclerc in 2019, before Pierre Gasly won for fellow Italian team AlphaTauri in 2020 and Daniel Ricciardo led McLaren to a surprise one-two in 2021. “Thank God I’ve been following Formula 1 for 15 years, and I’ve been educated by seeing it and seeing how it works, so I’m totally fine with it,” Sainz began, “and that’s why maybe I’m so chilled after a race when something big happens because I know it’s coming and I’m trying to keep it low key, but yeah, Monza is going to be an incredible weekend, having everyone there, a full crowd, fighting with a competitive Ferrari, I think