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NewsDesk Unplugged | Sainz & Sainz: Like Father, Like Son?

Carlos Sainz Sr just won the 2024 Dakar Rally, for the fourth time at the age of 61. It was Audi’s first win as well. We at GRANDPRIX247 have been following the world’s toughest race with F1 news understandably at a low this time of the year.

We laud Sainz for this great achievement which triggered some thoughts as we inevitably compared him with his son, Carlos Jr who races in F1 with Ferrari.

Does the younger Sainz have the same talent as his old man? Can we even compare? Will Jr achieve comparable success to what Sr has enjoyed in rallying? Are the disciplines even comparable?


Jad reckons perfection is needed: “Carlos, I’m sure he has it. I think he needs the perfect ‘storm to do it. Simply he has to find the perfect season, the perfect car, the perfect performance, kind of like what Nico Rosberg did in 2016 when he beat Lewis Hamilton for the championship, and he just did it for one season.

Paul believes in the potential: “Sainz Senior’s Dakar win must be inspirational for Carlos Junior. It’s also it’s probably a beacon for him to follow. I’m sure his Dad helped him all the way along his F1 career, and this is like his father saying: Hey, you can do it.  And I think Sainz in a regular race-winning car would be handy and surprise those who think he is lacking.”

Sainz Senior scored 97 WRC podiums, a winner 26 times, equivalent to a Grand Prix victory in rally terms. He was World Champion in 1990 and 1992, during the glory days of the premier off-road category.

Sainz Senior drove for the following manufacturers in WRC:

  • Early career (1980–1988)
  • Toyota (1989–1992)
  • Lancia (1993)
  • Subaru (1994–1995)
  • Return to Ford (1996–1997)
  • Return to Toyota (1998–1999)
  • Second return to Ford (2000–2002)
  • Citroën (2003–2005)

Sainz Junior made his GP debut with Toro Rosso at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix, and since then has scored 18 podiums and is twice a Formula 1 winner.

Jad adds in the latest episode: “My question doesn’t detract from Junior, I think he is a fantastic driver. But, you know, watching his father driving age of 61, all these achievements, and don’t forget, senior, he broke his back last year in Dakar. And he came back this year. That just triggered this question.”

Enjoy this episode of NewsDesk Unplugged with Paul Velasco & Jad Mallak, who have a lot to say as usual!

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