Carlos Sainz desperate for Hungarian GP podium in memory of late grandfather

The Ferrari driver shared the sad news via social media

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Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz hopes he can dedicate a podium to his late grandfather at the 2023 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari man shared the news via his social media platforms earlier in July and this will be his first Grand Prix since. But Ferrari‘s form suggests that may be a challenge with only two rostrums all season, both of which came courtesy of Charles Leclerc.

Sainz does love the Hungaroring, however, and hopes that conditions will suit the Scuderia this weekend and he can take his first podium of 2023.

“Personally for me, it would be a very special way to dedicate a podium or a victory to my grandfather that died last week,” Sainz said ahead of the 2023 Hungarian GP.

“But it will all depend on how the car is, how we can put a good weekend together here. Hungary, I love it, I always enjoy driving here and hopefully it’s good for my car and I can have a good weekend.”

Conditions-specific

The Prancing Horse were very confident of a good race at Silverstone but finished way down in ninth and tenth after a late safety car scuppered their strategy.

As it turned out, the weather conditions did not suit Ferrari in the UK and Sainz has suggested that they need ideal temperatures and wind speeds to show the true competitiveness of their car.

“Hopefully a bit better,” Sainz added. “I think we are all hopeful that the Hungaroring should suit us a bit more.

“But again, it will depend on the track temperature, the wind because we know we have certain weaknesses that make us vulnerable, but if conditions are good for our car I think we should be relatively strong around here.”

Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis is a motorsport journalist with experience working in BTCC. He is the resident IndyCar correspondent for Total-Motorsport.com and a top class F1 writer.
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