Carlos Sainz has admitted that he highly doubts that he will ever step out of his famous father's shadow or ever surpass his achievements.
The Spaniard is about to embark on his first year as a Ferrari driver in Formula 1, arguably his biggest career move to date. But that doesn't mean that he sees himself reaching the same levels of success as Carlos Sainz Snr, who has achieved numerous feats as a rally driver.
"No, no. Not yet," Sainz told Motorsport Total when asked if he is already a legend like his father. "I don't think I will ever step out of his shadow. He had a completely different career to me."
Sainz Snr has twice been a world champion in rallying, as well as winning various other events. His son aspires to also win a title in Formula 1, but feels that there is still a long wait before that can happen.
"I haven't managed that yet, even though that is of course my goal," Charles Leclerc's new teammate said. "He [Carlos Sainz Snr] was a pioneer, a special driver back then and brought about many changes in the World Rally Championship.
"Even though I am now part of Ferrari and have achieved one of my biggest dreams, if not the biggest: he has these two world championships, three Dakar wins and this complete career. That will be difficult for me to catch up with. To beat him is impossible, I think."
Sainz is clearly full of admiration for his father, highlighted by the fact that Sainz Snr was present during his son's first Ferrari test in January. The rally driver later told his Twitter followers that he had felt "really proud" watching the younger Sainz driving the red car around the Fiorano track for the first time.