Carlos Sainz is not World Champion materials

Carlos Sainz has “not bought it in him” to be a Formulation 1 World Champion, not less than not in the mean time says Nico Rosberg.

Sainz got here the closest he ever has to profitable a Formulation 1 race when he completed runner-up to Max Verstappen on the Canadian Grand Prix, lower than a second behind the Purple Bull driver.

His second-placed end meant he’s as much as third on the all-time listing of drivers with essentially the most F1 podiums with out a race win, and seventh for essentially the most begins with out a P1.

However whereas Sainz remains to be chasing that elusive first win, the Spaniard can also be dreaming of someday profitable a World title.

Rosberg, the 2016 World Champion, reckons that can stay a dream.

“Sainz has bought it in him to be a very good, respectable driver inside Ferrari,” he mentioned on Sky Sports activities’ Any Pushed Monday, “however in the mean time he has not bought it in him to be a World Champion.

“As a result of on efficiency, [Charles] Leclerc has been outdriving him each single race this 12 months.

“So there he nonetheless wants to search out fairly a little bit of progress to be on stage phrases with Leclerc, he’s nonetheless considerably away from there.

“That comes as fairly a shock after final 12 months however after all the automotive is totally completely different so perhaps it takes him extra time to get up to the mark.”

Sunday’s race was arguably Sainz’s better of this season with the Spaniard spending the ultimate 15 laps chasing Verstappen for the lead.

Verstappen was P1 after a late Security Automotive with Sainz having stopped for contemporary tyres, his rubber 5 laps youthful.

Regardless of the stress, Verstappen held onto take the win, his sixth of this season.

“It has been a few super-impressive races from Max,” Rosberg mentioned. “He’s so assured and driving at such a formidable stage.

“He drove to perfection in tough circumstances in qualifying and the stress from Sainz within the race is to not be underestimated.

“Contained in the automotive it’s a horrible feeling. You could have executed all the pieces completely after which due to the Security Automotive you abruptly have the Ferrari behind you in a triple DRS zone placing a lot stress on.

“Should you make the slightest of errors, he’s by however Max managed that so completely.”

Verstappen leads the Drivers’ Championship by 46 factors forward of Sergio Perez with Leclerc an additional three off the tempo. Sainz is P5, 73 down on the reigning World Champion.



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