The Scuderia Ferrari had a triumphant race at Monza, pleasing their loyal fans with an excellent outcome considering the current rankings. The Italian spectators enjoyed an exhilarating exhibition of close racing between the two Ferrari drivers, fortunately without any unfortunate incidents in front of the massive crowd of 304,134. This exciting race also resolved the discussion about Ferrari’s top driver, as confirmed by an Italian journalist.
Carlos Sainz has often been subjected to team orders, being asked to hold position behind Charles Leclerc. However, in Monza, no such orders were given, allowing us to witness an intense battle between the two drivers. Sainz himself described it as his best weekend during a discussion on the F1 Nation podcast hosted by Tom Clarkson.
Clarkson inquired about Sainz’s viewpoint, to which Italian journalist Roberto Chinchero expressed agreement. Chinchero affirmed that Sainz exhibited greater speed than Leclerc in the initial round of soft tires in the qualifying session. Additionally, Chinchero commended Sainz for his exceptional composure when faced with pressure, specifically in his duel against Max Verstappen.
Sainz is not typically considered the number one driver at Ferrari, but his performance at Monza may have changed that perspective. It remains to be seen if this will be a permanent switch, but Sainz Sr. has advised his son to discuss his standing in the team with the boss.
The portrayal of the Spaniard as the second driver in the team has been frequent, evident in the team’s instructions. Nevertheless, following the Monza race, Sainz Sr. recommended his son to inquire about the team’s behavior for better understanding.
“It’s peculiar. On occasion, they make certain decisions, while other times they make different ones. Carlos needs to inquire and comprehend the strategies behind why they can sometimes engage in conflict with one another, yet other times they cannot. I currently hold the third position. Now that it has transpired, I prefer it to remain as it is, without any form of hierarchical arrangement or similar constraints. It is well-deserved,” expressed Sainz Sr.
Despite disobeying his father’s advice, Sainz Jr. deserves more respect, especially after his performance at Monza. The debate surrounding Ferrari’s number one driver has now been settled.