SAINZ Carlos (spa), Team Audi Sport, Audi RS Q e-tron E2, Auto, portrait during the Stage 2 of the Dakar 2023 between Sea Camp and Al-'Ula, on January 2nd, 2023 in Al-'Ula, Saudi Arabia - Photo Julien Delfosse / DPPI

F1: Sainz Sr. says Ferrari favors Leclerc

(GMM) Carlos Sainz’s father has suggested Ferrari favors their ‘pet’ driver Charles Leclerc, over his son Carlos Sainz Jr.

At Monza last weekend, boss Frederic Vasseur told the drivers that they should not take risks as Leclerc, in fourth, chased Spaniard Sainz for the podium.

#55 Carlos Sainz, (ESP) chased by #16 Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari during the Italian GP, Monza 31 August-3 September 2023 Formula 1 World championship 2023.
#55 Carlos Sainz, (ESP) chased by #16 Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari during the Italian GP, Monza 31 August-3 September 2023 Formula 1 World championship 2023.

However, Leclerc then battled the sister Ferrari wheel-to-wheel, with Sainz emerging with the podium finish.

“Now that it’s over, I prefer that it went like this, with racing rather than the order,” Sainz snr, a rallying legend, told DAZN.

Vasseur said it was a “step forward” for the 29-year-old Spanish driver.

“I am more than happy for Carlos because he has taken a step forward,” he said.

“Not only in qualifying and the race, but also in the preparation for the weekend. And from the first lap of FP1, he was there.

“It is a good lesson for the rest of the year.”

However, Sainz’s father is now risking unrest at Ferrari by suggesting that the famous Italian team does not always treat his son and namesake fairly.

“It’s strange that sometimes the Ferrari drivers can attack each other and other times they cannot,” he said.

“Sometimes they are free to fight, other times they are not. It’s curious. Ferrari seems to behave differently depending on the situation.

“It’s always my son who asks if he can attack. And Carlos is always the one who has to understand why he can’t overtake if he’s behind.

“But when Leclerc is behind, the positions are not frozen. But it’s ok. Given how the race ended, I preferred that everything happened without an order, with my son on the podium.”

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