At the Barcelona GP, Carlos Sainz finished in fourth place, while his teammate, Charles Leclerc, was forced to retire with an engine problem. the home GP in Barcelona after a very complicated race. Sainz explained: "Difficult start, I was wrong with the procedure.
I tried to recover, the wind made me spin. I damaged the car on the bottom, I lacked the load and I could not push in the fast corners. I recovered until the end. fourth place, not what we wanted but at least I recovered. It is more complicated to be optimistic, I am struggling with the car, even if the updates work.
It is not suitable for my driving style, I have to work with the engineers. Too bad for Charles , he could win and stretch. Before Red Bull was wrong, today we were wrong. "
Strengthened by the increased competitiveness of the Ferrari F1-75, Sainz took part in the Ferrari one-two on his 2022 seasonal debut in Bahrain, winning second place.
In the subsequent Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, which Sainz finished in third place, the Iberian improved his personal record for consecutive podiums. In Australia, on the other hand, he was forced to retire in the red for the first time due to poor management of the first lap of the race, also in the following Grand Prix, at Imola the Spaniard was forced to retire after a first lap contact with Daniel Ricciardo.
Sainz returns to the Miami Grand Prix podium finishing third behind his teammate and Verstappen. In the week of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix comes the renewal of the contract, which binds the Spaniard with the Cavallino team until 2024.
He is the son of the driver, two times winner of the World Rally Championship and three of the Dakar Rally, Carlos Sainz.
Despite the famous father figure, Sainz Jr.' s passion for motorsport was directed towards Formula 1 rather than dirt roads, thanks to his beginnings in karting and above all to the youthful cheer for compatriot Fernando Alonso, who he later found as an opponent once he arrived in circus.
His race number is 55, initially "a fallback choice" since in 2015, on his debut in Formula 1, he found both his favorite number, 19, used by Felipe Massa, and his second choice, unavailable. 5, used by Sebastian Vettel: he therefore inclined to double the latter, also due to the graphic assonance with the double S which, respectively, closes his name and opens his surname.