The Ferrari F1 crew’s 2021 drivers: Charles Leclerc (left) and Carlos Sainz
• Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are neck and neck within the 2021 System 1 championship.
• Each drivers have been performing admirably for Ferrari within the season’s first half.
• Sainz joined Ferrari as Leclerc’s new crew mate in 2021.
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With the 2021 System 1 season now in its necessary summer time break, groups and drivers are taking a well-deserved break from what has been a jam-packed first half. On the entrance of the sector, Mercedes-AMG and Crimson Bull Racing are embroiled in a tussle for the Constructors’ championship, whereas their respective drivers – Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen – are battling it out within the Drivers’ championship.
Additional down the order, Ferrari and McLaren are tied on 163 factors every in a battle for third place. And whereas Ferrari has seen an improved displaying over a disastrous 2020, a lot of its displaying is right down to the driving force pairing of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr.
Sainz joined the crew at first of the 2021 season after being changed at McLaren by Daniel Ricciardo, with the brand new driver line-up displaying stellar tempo for the fabled Italian crew.
Workforce mate vs crew mate
On the finish of the season’s first 11 races, Sainz and Leclerc are just about neck and neck by way of championship factors. On the finish of the Hungarian Grand Prix, the ultimate spherical earlier than the summer time break, the 2 drivers had been tied on 80 factors every, however Sainz scored three extra factors following Vettel’s disqualification and him being promoted a place.
(Vettel’s disqualification has since been temporarily overturned, pending additional investigation.)
In qualifying over the primary half, Leclerc outqualified Sainz eight instances, with the Spaniard getting the higher of the Monegasque driver on three events. Each drivers’ finest finishes had been second locations, however Leclerc managed to qualify in pole place on two events in 2021. Sainz’s finest qualifying place is fourth. Leclerc additionally had worse luck than Sainz in races, having come undone on two events.
The 2 drivers will look to proceed their run of type within the season’s second half and topple McLaren to the all-important third place behind the championship leaders.