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Carlos Sainz Confirms He’ll Be a “Team Player” in Final Season with Ferrari

“I will definitely help Charles if I have to, the same way that I expect Charles to help me..."...

The Tifosi can breathe a sigh of relief after Carlos Sainz confirms that he will be a “team player” despite losing his seat at Ferrari to Lewis Hamilton.

However, while Sainz is willing to do what he can to help his teammate, Charles Leclerc, achieve the best results, he still expects the same to be done for him.

“Of course. I’ve always been a team player,” Sainz told the media. “Everything I’ve done in Formula 1 I think I’ve been a great team player, I’ve always been exemplary in that sense as a driver for any team.

“I will definitely help Charles if I have to, the same way that I expect Charles to help me if I fight for a World Championship myself too.”

Nothing has changed for Sainz, he still wants to win a World Championship and if 2024 offers the opportunity to do so, he will try. If anything, his limited time at the team means he has no reason to leave anything on the table.

“I think the amount of pressure that I will put in myself, in the team and my engineers and everyone involved, I think will be exactly the same,” he confirmed.

“The hunger to win races, the hunger to become champions doesn’t change just because of what’s happening in ’25. We all have the same objective. We all have the same ambitions this year.

“And the fact that I’m not going to be a Scuderia Ferrari driver in 2025 doesn’t mean that we don’t want to become champions together this year or win races this year.

“So I think it’s going to be exactly the same. If anything, I can focus even more knowing in the present and then focus more on the race by race, making sure I have the best possible car and feeling underneath me and not having to focus so much in development and in the future.”

Pre-season testing begins in Bahrain on February 21.

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