Pundits in the world of Formula One have been pondering about whether or not Carlos Sainz Jr, son of racing legend Carlos Sainz has made a wrong choice by swapping McLaren with Ferrari, with Tom Coronel saying that this would not be his first time doing so.
In 2020, before the season commenced, Scuderia Ferrari announced that Carlos Sainz would be joining the team for 2021, signing a two-year deal to replace four-time champion, Sebastian Vettel. Post this, the season saw the team drop to its worst performance since the late 1980s.
The Scuderia went through the season win-less, scoring just three podiums to finish sixth in the Constructors’ Championship whilst mid-fielder McLaren bagged two podiums, including a P2 for Sainz at the Italian Grand Prix, finishing third overall.
The contrasting fortunes beg the question as to whether Sainz has made a mistake.
What Did Tom Coronel Have To Say About Sainz?
Dutch racing driver and motorsport pundit Coronel stated that it wouldn’t be the Red Bull junior’s first. “As a racing driver I think that Sainz has made wrong choices before,” the 48-year-old told Motorsport.com Netherlands.
“We have also seen it within Red Bull with the issues that occurred between daddy Sainz and Helmut Marko. That is tough, but in the end it hurt him seriously.”
Coronel does understand however as to why Sainz decided to go to Ferrari, as it is a dream most drivers have, adding that it cannot get worse than 2020 so Sainz will be able to show his value from the start.
“He will have the chance to sit in a red racing car, believe me: every Formula 1 driver wants to have driven for Ferrari,” he added. “Of course you want to be World Champion and I understand all that, but if you have driven for Ferrari, then your career is really successful.”
“You also always see that ex-world champions still go to Ferrari. If drivers are not growing anymore but are perhaps just falling, then they go to Ferrari.
“I think he is taking a gamble, but one can really fall in love with the whole Ferrari dream story. Every driver has that.
“Moreover, the sporting malaise at Ferrari also has an advantage. It can never be worse than this. So a Sainz like that can immediately show his value within the team.”