The arrival and rise of Fernando Alonso in Formula 1 has turned the spotlight on Spain on the premier category of motoring, a nation that in the past had not had the joy of winning even a world championship grand prix and had had in its best exponent Alfonso de Portago. The 32 grands prix won, the 22 pole positions, the 2 world titles and a multi-purpose and winning career in different categories, have made and still make Alonso a guiding star in the history of motoring.
Obviously Carlos Sainz he was inspired – in addition to his father, a rally legend – also from his compatriot, as he has highlighted several times in interviews. And even his career has curiously retraced the footsteps of Alonso, starting with Toro Rosso – the former Minardi – just like the two-time world champion, and moving to Renault, McLaren and Ferrari: exactly the same steps taken by the Oviedo driver during the his long parable in the Circus. The results are not overlapping, at least for now, given that Sainz has not been driving winning cars, but he was still able to be appreciated for his constancy and adaptability, which allowed him to obtain good placings practically immediately despite team changes: “I’ve always known how to adapt well, ever since I was a boy. This type of challenge is part of my DNA, I have always pointed out how difficult it was to go fast right away, but people seem to notice it only now, when four or five riders have changed teams and have struggled to match the performance of their respective teammates. squad“.
In the long interview granted to the Germans of Auto, Motor und Sport, Sainz then confessed to having the dream of sharing the garage with Alonso: “I get along well with all the pilots and I wouldn’t mind being Alonso’s teammate. But as we are in different stages of the career and we race for different teams, the chances are pretty slim“, Observed the Ferrari driver.