Sport: Laurent Mekies: Driver's pairing is one of Ferraris big strengths

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Ferrari has lost the connection to Mercedes and Red Bull in Formula 1 and fights in midfield with McLaren and Alpine To the title of the best of the rest. In the season 2021, the Italians have made it in the constructor ranking in front of McLaren in third place. According to Ferrari Renndirector Laurent Mekies, the driver's pairing, consisting of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclec, has a large proportion of the success of the team.

About Sainz he says: "He quickly acclimatized and we expect him more. The start was excellent, but in Formula 1 is now two or three years now and you have to look at the picture from the start of the season until " A driver need patience to get used to the car and give the right feedback, the French engineer clearly represents.

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, however, not only the car plays an important role, but also the environment and the mood in Team . Ferrari has a great advantage because Leclerc and Sainz have "great respect" and understand each other. Both want to work together according to Mekies and there is a great confidence in the technical understanding of the two pilots in the team. "You both have the same drive to rebuild the racing stall," makes the Frenchman clear.

First season carries fruits

Leclerc and Sainz have spent their first season together at Ferrari in 2021. While Leclerc has been driving for Scuderia since 2019, Sainz did not change from McLaren to Ferrari at the beginning of the year. In his ex-team, Sainz had already had a close connection to Lando Norris, but also with Ferrari, the Spaniard seems to have quickly been made friends with his new teammate.

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on the track had the experienced son of the rally legend Carlos Sainz sen. In the important race the nose front: he landed in the overall standings in place five, while Leclerc behind Norris took the seventh place. Eight times Sainz struck the young Frenchman in direct duel, which means that Leclerc came to the finish 14 times before Sainz. However, Sainz with four podiums brought the big big points.

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Behavior of the two perfect

coupled with the motivation of the two racers Ferrari looks optimistic about the coming season. "You have the motivation and the will to work with us to find solutions," reveals Mekies. "They use a different language, which is why we can connect the information. They are not always an opinion, which gives us the opportunity to look at the problems."

With the feedback, performance and work behavior of Leclerc and Sainz, the Ferrari RenDirector is very satisfied: "They complement each other very well and that makes it so good at the moment for us." In their free time, the two spend a lot of time together, which is why they always create it, according to Mekies, to break the entire team with their positive kind. Sometimes it is also quieter when Leclerc and Sainz find themselves together for a round chess .

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