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Carlos Sainz

Sainz recalls downside of being 'too calm' over team radio

Carlos Sainz believes he has found a balance between calmness and directness in his radio messages, and recalled the downsides of being "too calm".

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Carlos Sainz believes that there are drawbacks to being "too calm" on team radio, and thinks it has disadvantaged him in previous years.

Sainz has been praised for his approach to radio conversations with the Ferrari team this season.

During the Monaco Grand Prix, he rejected the outfit's idea to switch from Wet to Intermediate tyres, and elected to save a pit-stop and change straight to slicks.

In contrast, he was also rightly annoyed by Ferrari choosing to speak to him during an on-track battle with Sergio Perez at the French GP, responding to his team: "Not now, not now."

When asked about his approach to staying composed during a race, Sainz commented that he has learned to take a middle ground approach.

"I think you need to find a balance, an in-between point," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I think there's no harm in sometimes being a bit excited on the radio, and keep making your point.

"Making sure that you're making a point, and people take it, and there's other times that you need to give the team calmness and trust."

Sainz recalls downsides of calm approach

Sainz continued to add that his calm approach in his earlier F1 years would sometimes be detrimental to his race, and more directness would have improved his messaging.

"I think in Formula 1, if there's something I've learned over the years, [it] is how to try and find that balance with when to be a bit more agitated or when to be a bit more calm, and it comes with experience," added Sainz.

"I remember in my first couple of years in Formula 1, I could be too calm on the radio and not make my point through.

"I could be too excited and make no sense about what I was talking about, and help the team in taking the right or wrong decision.

"I think it all depends on the moment and on its balance."

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