“He’s not got it in him to be a World Champion,” Nico Rosberg dismisses Carlos Sainz’s chances of being a World Champion

Nico Rosberg believes that Carlos does not have what it takes to become World Champion.

Nico and Carlos
Nico and Carlos

Carlos Sainz was able to put in an appreciable shift for the Maranello-based Ferrari team during the Canadian Grand Prix and in the process was able to come away with P2 after giving Max Verstappen a run for his money during the dying stages of the Grand Prix.

Even after his Canada exploits, Nico Rosberg the 2016 F1 Champion believes that Sainz at the moment does not have the caliber that is demanded in order to become a World Champion in the pinnacle of motorsports.

Sainz is yet to win his career’s first Grand Prix and Rosberg believes, “At the moment he’s not got it in him to be a world champion. Because of performance, Leclerc has been out-driving him every single race this year. He still needs to make quite a bit of progress to be on level terms with Leclerc. He’s still somewhat away from him.”

Rosberg feels the performances that the Spaniard has put in this season have been nowhere near his teammate Charles Leclerc who has already got two Grand Prix wins to his name this season. Moreover, in the German’s eyes, Sainz has a lot of catching up to do if he wants to reach the level of Leclerc and Verstappen.

Rosberg further believes that the F1-75 suits Leclerc way more as compared to the driving style of Sainz and has said, “it comes as a bit of a surprise after last year but the car is completely different so maybe it just takes him more time to get on top of things.”

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Carlos Sainz has the backing of Ferrari

Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz’s start to the 2022 Formula One season has not been ideal but despite that Ferrari has full faith in him to deliver the goods sooner or later.

This is very evident from the fact that the Spaniard signed a new two-year extension with the team that is going to take him till the end of the 2024 F1 season.

The current season is only 9 races down and there are still a decent number of races left for Sainz to make an impression up and down the paddock and prove his doubters wrong once and for all.

Carlos Sainz in action at the Monaco GP
Carlos Sainz

Sainz is currently 5th in the Drivers standings with 102 points to his name and from the next race onwards it is going to be fascinating to see whether the 27-year-old would be able to carry forward the good form of Canada into the rest of the 2022 season.

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