Carlos Sainz has obviously been selected to be Ferrari’s number 2 pilot, according to Flavio Briatore. Having presided as Benetton and Renault team boss over four separate titles with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, Briatore always ran a policy of pairing a “very special” pilot with a competent teammate.
“The situation seems clear to me,” the Italian tells La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Ferrari is fully committed to Charles Leclerc.” Briatore agrees that Leclerc, like Schumacher and Alonso, is a stand-out pilot. “Charles has also made it clear that he is a very special racing pilot,” he said.
“For me, the winning recipe is always to have a pilot for the title and a pilot who scores a lot of points and takes them away from the opponents”. “Sebastian Vettel simply had to pay when such a fast man joined Ferrari,” Briatore claimed.
“Just as Lewis Hamilton did at McLaren, Leclerc surprised the team. But if you have two equal pilots in a racing team, then all you do is take mutually important points from one another.” As for Carlos Sainz’s appointment for 2021, Briatore said: “He is a good pilot who had a very nice season in 2019, especially if you think about which car he was driving.”
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