Fiery Sainz lets the sparks fly

Henry

The sparks literally flew in Bahrain this past weekend as Ferrari teammates Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz battled for places on the race track.

The fiery duel made for great adrenaline-charged entertainment and in the end it was Sainz – the man who must make way for Lewis Hamilton next year – who raced across the finish line ahead of Leclerc.

By more than 14 seconds, in fact.

Frederic Vasseur, meanwhile, expressed his appreciation for Sainz’s driving prowess.

“I was convinced that he would react in such a way. This was the main reason why we decided to make the Hamilton announcement early so that everyone can concentrate on the season,” said the Ferrari team boss.

“Carlos handled things very professionally when he said that he will be at his very best from the first race to the very last one. He has now delivered a strong and solid performance and I am more than satisfied with him.”

Sainz himself promised in the run-up to the season that he would be anything but cannon fodder.

“When I put my helmet on in Bahrain, I’m going to push myself to the limit with the aim of trying to win the championship. I am aware of my value as a racer and I am calm when I look to the future. Good things will definitely come my way, but for now I want to fire on all pistons for Ferrari,” said the 29-year-old Spaniard.

Despite the sparking duel between the two Ferrari racers, Red Bull once again waved the scepter.

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez finished first and second respectively in Bahrain and Vasseur believes that there is still hard work ahead of Ferrari.

“We struggled with too many things again. Among other things, we have to solve Charles’ brake work problems and there were also little foxes that bothered in the qualifying rounds.”