Sainz keen to emulate father by entering major rally one day

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Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr. has revealed he would like to enter a major rally event one, following in the footsteps of his double world champion father.

Carlos Sainz Sr. raced in the FIA World Rally Championship between 1987 and 2005, winning the drivers’ title in 1990 and 1992 and finishing as runner-up on four occasions.

Sainz Jr. followed his father into motorsport, opting to focus on circuit racing. The Spaniard worked his way up the single-seater ladder, winning the Formula Renault 3.5 title in 2014 before stepping up to F1.

Sainz continues to be spoken about as one of F1’s brightest young talents, yet beyond life on the grid, he has revealed his ambition to enter a major rally event someday.

When asked about his favorite buzz in the official F1 website’s ‘The Secret Life Of…” feature, Sainz said: “Driving a rally car. One day I want to race in one of the big rallies.” He went on to add that doing a rally was on his bucket list, along with fighting for an F1 world title.

Responding to a question about the last time he was really angry, Sainz said it came over the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend in April – but not in the race when he crashed out after tangling with Lance Stroll.

“Sure everybody thinks it was the Bahrain race – wrong! It was the Saturday in Bahrain when I went out in Q1,” Sainz said.

“Sunday, it was in the heat of the race, and there **** can happen.”