Sebastian Vettel, the 35-year-old German who is set to retire by year-end and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who had been a potential title contender earlier in the season, had already demonstrated driving legacy Formula One cars, but, Leclerc’s teammate Sainz had shown an utter reluctance to drive legacy cars. In the matter of the fact, the Ferrari’s 27-year-old Mexican driver said in an interview with Formula One that he is confused over whether he should be running a car from “yesterdays” again. Vettel drove a 1992 Williams FW14B at UK Grand Prix this July, while Leclerc had broken Lauda’s Ferrari 312 B3 into pieces at a demonstration in Monaco.
However, Ferrari’s engineering team took the blame as a brake issue was found after the incidence.Nonetheless, the event appears to have taken a greater toll on Sainz’s mind as he was quoted saying that he is not willing to take such kind of risk anymore.
Sainz explains reasons of reluctance to drive a legacy F1 car
If truth is to be spoken, Leclerc’s accident with Lauda’s car that won three F1 championships had been uncomfortable for both the Monacan racer and F1 engineering team.
In the wake of such awkward incident that took place just a few months earlier, Sainz said in the interview with Formula One, “had the opportunity to [test an old Ferrari] in the past. It always gives you a vision of how the sport was a long time ago.
I’m in two minds with it because why would you risk it? Like, why? You’re in the middle of a Ferrari championship-winning chance. Why would you risk having this situation like happened to him [Leclerc]?”