Carlos Sainz: Dakar victory of the father as an incentive

Renault pilot Carlos Sainz jun. describes his father’s victory at the Rallye Dakar at the beginning of the year as an inspiration for the recent advances of his career.

As the Spaniard says in the conversation with, the affair was a family success.” Although it does not have much to do with formula 1, it is nice to start victoriously in his season,”says Sainz.

Funny coincidence: Carlos Sainz sen. was 55-year-old at the time of his triumph. His son has the starting number 55 stuck on the car.” Good omen, isn’t it?”, notes Sainz Jr. laughing and praises the former Rallye World Champion as a model for his career. He feels privileged to know him at his side –not as a driving instructor or mentor, but as a “measuring board”.

To this end, the victory has shown him that honest work, willingness to sacrifice and constant progress still make it possible to celebrate successes even in old age.” The Dakar is not an easy race, but probably one of the biggest physical challenges in motor sports,”says Sainz about the desert marathon in South America, “and yet he still won it.”

Sainz Jr. can also imagine Le-Mans start

repetition by the son not excluded: After his Formula One career Sainz Jun. is looking to prove himself on another terrain. After having already gained the first Rallye experience, he can also imagine a start at the 24-hour Le Mans. To this end, his heart beats for the motorcycle king class: “If people ask me what I would do if I were not in formula 1, I always say:’I would be MotoGP pilot’,” says Sainz.

The reason for the fascination of the two-wheel sport that many colleagues share is, according to the phrase “even greater risk” in the MotoGP. “The reason for the fascination of the two-wheel sport that many colleagues share is the reason for the fascination of the two-wheel sport.” I just like what these guys do. It is a contact sport, but there is still a lot of respect among drivers.”To this end, the Series of Formula 1 shows that rivalries between work and private teams would be possible.