user icon

Carlos Sainz: "It was also a difficult moment for me"

  • Published on 14 Dec 2016 11:10
  • comments 1
  • By: Dominik Wilde

Carlos Sainz has opened up about Max Verstappen's promotion to Red Bull Racing prior to the Spanish Grand Prix in May.

While a lot of the attention focussed on Verstappen and the under-fire Daniil Kvyat he replaced, Sainz said that he too found the situation a struggle, having been overlooked for promotion in favour of Verstappen.

It was the second time in recent years Sainz was placed in such a position, with Verstappen getting the nod to race for Toro Rosso in 2015 less than a week after signing with the company.

Sainz was also promoted to a race seat, but only after Sebastian Vettel left Red Bull, opining up a space in the energy drinks firms unprecedented four-car F1 lineup.

"I tried to show a lot of strength but it was a difficult moment, obviously, because you don't like being overlooked by someone," Sainz told Autosport.

"People talked about how difficult it was for Kyvat but people thought it was easy for me also. They didn't take into account that it was also a difficult moment for me, that I had to react and I had to suddenly take the attention of Red Bull.

"I said to myself, 'I will prove you wrong' and then my best three races in Formula One came directly after that and a contract arrived in Baku and I signed it immediately."

Sainz said that the big change also added additional pressure to what was his home Grand Prix.

"I remember when this happened, I was going to Barcelona, it was my home race. There was pressure from the change of team mate and it was nearly obligatory for me to be ahead," he said.

"I was under a lot of pressure but suddenly everything went perfect from then onwards in the season so it was a good moment and something that I'm very proud of."

Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • Hemex

    Posts: 988

    Yeah, yeah, we all heard that before plenty of times now. Now it's time a start anew and show them you're a real hombre. Or did you already?

    • + 0
    • Dec 14 2016 - 18:03

Related news

US Grand Prix of the US

Local time 

View more photos

US Grand Prix of the US

Local time 

View more photos

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Is Lewis Hamilton the strongest driver so far in the 21st century?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Country Netherlands
  • Date of b. Sep 30 1997 (22)
  • Place of b. Hasselt, Netherlands
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.80 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
-
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
-
Spain
23 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar