Carlos Sainz is confident that Ferrari can enable him to fulfil his goal of becoming world champion, despite the team enduring a tough season in 2020.
The Spaniard will race for the scarlet outfit in 2021 after making the switch from McLaren and strongly believes that the Scuderia can bounce back from their difficulties and ultimately get back to winning titles.
“Since the very first day I started racing I only had two targets in mind: to become a Formula 1 grand prix driver and to win the world championship,” Sainz was quoted by GPFans. “After achieving the first one, all my focus and efforts are invested in trying to achieve the second target and there is no better place than Ferrari to go for it.
“The ambition is to help create a winning team, bring the Scuderia back to the very top where it belongs and win the world championship.”
However, Sainz is realistic about how long it might take Ferrari to rebuild and return to the levels of success they once enjoyed.
“Every single team goes through difficult moments at some point, it’s part of Formula 1,” Sainz explained.
“What really matters is the ability to bounce back. History shows that teams that won in the past are capable of being competitive again. Ferrari is the most successful team in the history of our sport and there is a reason behind that.
“If there is a team on the grid that can fight back to the top, it is Ferrari. I have full confidence in the project and, even though the process might take some time, I’m sure the team will eventually return to its winning ways.
“What you can be sure of is that I will give my absolute best to help shorten that process as much as possible.”
Sainz replaces Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari in 2021 and will partner with Charles Leclerc, who enters into his third season with the Italian team.