Sainz’s Ferrari euphoria "contagious" for team, says Leclerc

Carlos Sainz’s ‘euphoria’ at getting a chance to race for Ferrari in Formula 1 has helped lift the mood of the whole team, says Charles Leclerc.

Sainz’s Ferrari euphoria "contagious" for team, says Leclerc

After a difficult 2020 campaign where Ferrari finished sixth overall, the team has appeared to make some good progress in to this season with both Sainz and Leclerc finishing in the points in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Leclerc has already made reference to Ferrari shaking off the ‘strange’ atmosphere that dogged it at the start of last year, but he now reveals how Sainz has helped change things too.

With the Spaniard having embraced his switch from McLaren, Leclerc says everyone at Ferrari has been boosted by his enthusiasm to do well.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com’s Italian site, Leclerc felt Sainz had brought some benefits with him.

"In recent years he has been in several teams, and I think it is always interesting to get an idea of ​​how the opponents work,” he said.

"I’ve immediately noticed his great motivation too. He is in his first year in Ferrari and you can see that he immediately wants to do very well.

“This euphoria is contagious for the benefit of the whole team. I believe that for a team it is always good to have two drivers who push to get back to victory.”

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One change that Leclerc has noticed in working alongside Sainz is that he has spent much more time with him than he ever did with predecessor Sebastian Vettel.

For although Leclerc has played down talk that he has upped his own presence at Maranello, he has noticed that the timings are now different of when the drivers are at Ferrari's headquarters.

“The time I spend with the team is always the same, although perhaps from the outside it appeared that I am spending more time in Maranello because I have posted more photos on social media,” he said.

“What has changed is the time I spent with my teammate, because in the past Seb and I often crossed paths. I would arrive as he left, or vice versa.

“Now, with Carlos, we are often in on the same days and consequently we spend more time together.”

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