Much was made of Carlos Sainz’s heredity when he entered the Formula 1 overlap in 2015, given that he was the child of two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz Snr. In any case, having now solidly settled himself in the enclosure, the Spaniard has been progressively looking to his reviving roots to give him preference on track.
In the course of recent months, Sainz has taped rally driving highlights with his dad for both Red Bull and Renault, while toward the beginning of 2018, he drove a Renault Megane course vehicle at the Monte Carlo Rally, handling the renowned Col de Turini stage. What’s more, having grown up as the child of rallying royalty, The recent team leader of McLaren obviously has a great deal of adoration for the game that he was naturally introduced to, while additionally considering it to be a valuable training instrument.
“I work based on the theory that it doesn’t make you a worse driver,” said Sainz – The father of whom is the winner of the 1990 and 1992 WRC titles with Toyota – speaking in between the Formula one 2018 season. “If anything it makes you a better, a more complete driver, so I’m still going to do it.”
Sainz, obviously, isn’t the first Formula one driver to fiddle with rally. A few drivers have plunged their toes in the sloppy waters throughout the years, some considering it to be a way to better their aptitudes, others as a chance to appreciate hooning around far from the limits of a racing circuit. Graham Hill and Stirling Moss both handled the Monte Carlo Rally some time ago, while Martin Brundle,Derek Warwick and Jim Clark all attempted their hand at the RAC Rally.
Chevrolet Camaro and a Vauxhall Viva was driven by James Hunt at editions of the Tour of Britain, while the Kimi Raikkonen’s likes, once Minardi racer Stephane Sarrazin and Formula one returnee Robert Kubica have all featured in the World Rally Championship in past years. Indeed, even the incomparable Ayrton Senna once had a go, gamely driving a Ford Sierra and a Group B-spec MG Metro 6R4 around a Welsh rally organize for a magazine highlight back in his Lotus days.
Robert Kubic, while speaking to the official podcast of F1 Beyond the Grid, gave a deep thought into his real incentives for going rallying, which eventually watched him going through career-defining injuries at the rally of Ronde di Andora 2011: “[It was] the desire to become a more complete driver, to find something others don’t have or that I can improve … It’s true that I paid a big price – and I’m still paying it. But it was not purely for fun.”
It’s a state of mind that Sainz seems to share. Inquired as to whether, given the undeniably fine margins in the game, Formula 1 drivers were feeling the loss of a trap by not joining rally crashing into their preparations, Sainz reacted: “I think they’re missing a lot of fun if they’re not doing [it], that’s for sure.
“I enjoy it a lot and every time I can I try and put myself in a rally car and go for it. It might not change you, might not make you better, but for sure it doesn’t make you worse. It’s something that gives me a good feeling, it’s good fun and it could actually could make me have a better car feeling and better car handling.”
Sainz’s energy for rally might rub off on his kindred rivals, as well, with recently Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas declaring that he would contend at the Arctic Lapland Rally toward the finish of January in a M-Sport-arranged Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
Have a look at the gallery below of Formula 1 from the ages enjoying rallying: