Sainz Sr. explains Red Bull exit: ‘Verstappen was in the pipeline’
By Srihari HS 20 mei 2020 | 09:14
Carlos Sainz Sr. commented on his son’s fantastic transfer to Ferrari. The two-time rally world champion emphasizes that Sainz Jr. should be grateful to Red Bull Racing. And he is extremely proud of the fact that Carlos Sainz Jr. continues his career with the Italian racing outfit.
From 2010 to 2014, Sainz was supported by the Austrian racing squad. However, he had competition from Max Verstappen, so a spot with the senior team was not a given at the time: “Carlos is indebted to Red Bull Racing. I know he really respects Helmut Marko and Christian Horner, but no one could predict how that situation would unfold.”
“Verstappen was also in the pipeline, and we did not know whether Daniel Ricciardo would leave. That’s why we decided to take a step,” the 58-year-old told Corriere Della Sera. Sainz asked to be released from his training team to attempt Renault.
Was it wrong to leave Red Bull early? Sainz Sr. no longer pays any attention to it: “It makes no sense to speculate about it now. If you show yourself, options will automatically appear. You have to grab it with both hands.”
Sainz Sr. a proud father
The entire Sainz family was turned upside down when Ferrari knocked on the door of the 25-year-old driver. For Sainz Sr. it was a beautiful moment as a father: “I am very proud. He worked hard and pushed himself to this level.”
Sainz has encouraged and advised Sainz Jr. from an early age. With a charming anecdote, he exposes the relationship between himself and his son: “I once told him that I would buy two caps, one I put on as a father, one I put on as a manager. If I wear the manager cap, he has to respect my opinion.” (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)
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