Carlos Sainz, Ferrari’s Formula 1 Spanish driver, recalled an anecdote about the car he drives when he is not racing on Formula One circuits during some filming revealed on the latest season of the Netflix F1 show.
Carlos shared this story with his father, Carlos Sainz Snr a multiple World Rally Champion, in the eighth episode of the third season of “Formula 1: Drive to Survive”, in which he drives his personal car.
“We were at a press conference and they ask us what car we have at home and some start saying Pagani, Porsche, others Ferrari, others McLaren and when it’s my turn, I say a Golf,” Sainz told his father.
The Volkswagen Golf that Carlos Sainz has at home is somewhat below the range of cars that were mentioned at the conference, and it a surprise to many that a very wealthy and successful F1 driver might have such a modest personal vehicle.
The former McLaren driver, who now races for Ferrari, might well be expected to drive a more exotic car of Italian heritage, we shall probably never know unless he updates us in next year’s season 4!
On the racetrack, another Spanish driver has been the focus of press attention, in that of Fernando Alonso, the two-time F1 Champion who is driving for the Renault Alpine team.
When deciding who might score the first podium, if any of them might get close to doing so, pundits and fans alike find it difficult to separate the pair. But another Spaniard and former F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa has weighed up the two Spanish F1 drivers’ prospects for 2021.
Asked which of the pair will be on the podium first, he replied:
“Whatever I say, one of the two will get mad at me.
“Fernando has already thrown it at me saying I always screw up, but I will try to be as objective as possible – I think it will be Carlos.
“I don’t want to put pressure on him, but being at Ferrari is very big. I think Carlos will get more than one podium this season and probably before Fernando. It would be normal.”