Ferrari’s F1 Drivers Are in Texas to Hunt for a Podium—and Some Brisket

Sainz: I’ve certainly felt quite a bit of change in the sport’s following from social media with American fans. I think obviously Netflix had the biggest impact on that. As a sport, we’ve always been relatively [behind] closed doors, and Netflix has allowed fans in America, and all over the world, to see the personalities of the drivers.

There are no American drivers in F1, so a lot of new fans in the States are trying to pick a team and driver to support based on the show. Why do you think Americans should support you and Ferrari?

Leclerc: For me, Ferrari is the most iconic team ever in Formula 1 – they’ve achieved so much and have been there from the beginning. They’re such an incredible team, and have had most of the legends of the sport. Why support me? Well, I don’t know…I’m trying to do the best job possible, and if they like my personality from interviews and Netflix, then why not? But I’m not very good at selling myself, so hopefully my skills on the race track are good enough for them to start supporting me.

Sainz: The season three episode [of Drive to Survive] about Ferrari is not so great, and I was relatively disappointed when I watched it because Ferrari is a lot cooler, a lot bigger, a lot better, than how it appears [in that episode]. We were just going through a rough patch, and I think all great teams in every single sport go through difficult years. And now we are on our way back up. We are doing everything we can to make this team great again and champions again, and I think we have a really good team atmosphere going on with Charles and the engineers, and we are a serious contender for the future. And I mean, it’s Ferrari – who doesn’t like Ferrari in normal life?

Speaking of team dynamic, Carlos: A lot of fans loved your bromance with your former teammate, [McLaren F1 Driver] Lando Norris. How’s the bromance going with Charles in your first year with Ferrari?

Sainz: Bromance is a strong word, but we are getting on very well, having a lot of fun away from the race track and even on [it]. We keep the competition clean and fun, we’re pushing the team in the same direction, pushing each other really hard. It’s the perfect atmosphere for the team, and we play a lot of sports together – like today, golf – always hanging around, and it’s good fun.

Austin is known as a top foodie city. Is there anything you always make sure to eat while you’re here for the race?

Leclerc: Of course, I think barbecue. Every time we come, the whole team wants to go – which is exactly what I will do just after I’m done here.

Sainz: I really like brisket, because we don’t get this in Europe. We can get good beef ribs, good pork ribs, but not brisket. I don’t know why it is a specialty here and we can’t replicate that.

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