- Carlos Sainz with Mercedes duo [Copyright: Carlos Sainz Website]

Sainz still watches Portuguese GP Lap 1 move; cannot wait to drive for Ferrari

The first lap in Algarve saw him clear both the Mercedes drivers in tricky conditions.

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Carlos Sainz still re-watches F1 Portuguese GP Lap 1, as Esteban Ocon completes his WRC stage runs in a Alpine 110S in Monte Carlo.

In a special fan Q&A on his Instagram, new Ferrari signing Sainz answered various questions, regarding F1, food, his father, haircut, time with Lando Norris, livery, etc. Among those, there was a specific question about last year's Portuguese GP.

In tricky conditions, Sainz zoomed past his rivals - including the Mercedes duo - to take the lead of the grand prix in his McLaren. He finished sixth eventually but the Spaniard showed good presence of mind to carve his way through, which he re-watches it all the time.

"[It was] one of my best moments in F1," wrote Sainz. "I've always loved driving F1 cars when it is sleepers and you have to improvise your driving and adapt quickly. That day I took some risks and it worked. I still watch those first few laps on throwback now and then."

Talking about the current year with Ferrari, Sainz answered about his first visit to Maranello. "I've already been there 3-4 days this year," he said. "There is a lot of work to do on the simulator in order for me to be fully ready for testing. I'm meeting a lot of new faces, new people and I' am having to learn a lot of new names, which I am terrible at."

While answering about golf, learning Italian, Sainz said his dream to drive the Ferrari car. "I'm already impatient to see how it drives and how it handles," he wrote. "I go to sleep everyday wondering how it will feel compared to my last cars in F1, I can't wait."

Sainz will have his first go in a 2018 Ferrari next week at Fiorano, which will mark his first time in the Italian manufacturer's F1 car. Charles Leclerc will join him along with academy drivers as it looks like that the Monegasque has recovered from a bout of COVID-19.

[Image courtesy: Carlos Sainz Website] [Note: This story was written on FormulaRapida.net]

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