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Carlos Sainz learned to be ‘animal hunting’ with an offensive approach

Carlos Sainz in the Ferrari garage. Belgian Spa Grand Prix August 2022. Credit: PA Images

Carlos Sainz says his father’s advice has followed him throughout his racing career, hardening his style after he was “pushed” in his early days in karting.

Sainz Sr has been a key source of advice throughout his son’s career, with the former two-time world rally champion mentoring the current Ferrari driver in the junior classes as he completed his own racing journey, although that he was largely away from home while he was up to it. of its rallying powers.

But Sainz Jr having been exposed early on to the ruthless side of the race, he explained that he had to overcome being put on one side in battle.

“I was very shy and I was friends with a lot of people, all racing drivers,” Sainz said in an interview with The New York Times.

“When I then arrived at a go-kart track, I would get pushed around, kicked out of a race by people who I thought would never do this to me because we got out of the car fine.”

But with this aggression towards him, Sainz said his father explained that there were two types of people in life – the hunter and the hunted – so he was influenced from an early age to adopt the mentality of “hunter” and to be the attacker. when he runs.

It’s a mantra he says he carries with him to this day.

“My dad said to me ‘look, it’s not just in life but also in any sport that you do, either you bite or you get bitten. You have to be the pusher, be the pusher. harder because if you’re not, you’ll fall prey’ – that advice changed my approach and my career,” Sainz explained.

“Once I put the helmet on, I try to be the animal that hunts, not the hunted animal.”

Carlos Sainz during qualifying.  Hungary July 2022. Credit: PA Images

Carlos Sainz during qualifying. Hungary July 2022. Credit: PA Images

“I bet there must be something genetic about it,” he continued, on the perks of his motorsport family.

“There’s a video of me when I was 2 and a half in a battery car, and I was doing 360s and Scandinavian films where you do a perfect side turn.

“No way my dad taught me that, but when I think back to those videos, I feel like there was something in my body that knew how to drive, even at 2 and a half. I was born to drive, you can see it in the video.

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