Carlos Sainz is already thinking about the Dakar 2022

This course, unlike the previous ones, Carlos Sainz will have to focus on a new competition like Extreme E
, in which he will participate with his own group, the ACCIONA SAINZ XE TEAM, sharing the wheel with Laia sanz. However, this will not prevent ‘El Matador ’has already focused much of his thoughts on the Dakar 2022. Last year, in the Dakar 2020, minutes after winning his third bronze ‘Touareg’, the Madrid driver got out of his vehicle and, on arrival, told his engineers that he was already thinking about what improvements to apply to the car for the Dakar 2021. If he did that right after winning, it is impossible not to ask the following questions: Can you imagine Carlos retiring from the toughest race in the world after finishing third in the 2021 edition? The answer is clear and forceful: Not even close. That decision would not be typical of someone like Carlos, competitive in everything he does, extremely professional, and above all, tremendously perfectionist. For this and for everything that happened in the Dakar 2021, Carlos Sainz does not consider anything other than returning next year to Dakar 2022 to fight for his fourth Dakar crown. His only objective, aside from the Extreme E, is return to the desert of Saudi Arabia in search of a new victory.

Sainz doesn’t care about his 58 springs. And it is that as they say, age is just a number. That phrase makes even more sense if at that age you still have the same hunger, ambition and level of demand as 30 years ago. And even more so if you continue to have an enviable physique due to the strict and demanding preparation of the Madrid native. If we add to this that his level of driving, sensitivity to the wheel and ability to develop the vehicles remain intact, this can only lead the Spaniard to continue. We don’t say it l

or says Carlos himself to Mundo Deportivo, collecting the Telefónica Legend Award at the 73rd Mundo Deportivo Grand Gala
for his long and successful career and for being a pioneer in rallying.

To this day, after what has happened this year, I want to go back because I would not like to retire with a bad taste in my mouth.

“As of today there is still no clear Dakar project for Dakar 2022. Yes there is something, some project, but nothing is clear”Sainz assured a few days ago in statements to this newspaper, without wanting to hide his great desire to return to the dunes next January.

“Today, after what has happened this year, I want to go back because I would not like to retire with a bad taste in my mouth.. This year, despite making a podium, we went very very fast but that was not reflected in the result. And of course Yes, I would at least like to propose to see what options there are to be able to return to the Dakar with guarantees of being able to fight it another year. At the moment, there is not anything. We are going to wait and I will tell you about it ”, added the Madrid rider in relation to his future in the Dakar. It is clear, his priority is to analyze his options to return to the toughest race in the world with the maximum chances of success. He wants to go back. He wants to win.

Yes, I would at least like to propose to see what options there are to be able to return to the Dakar with guarantees of being able to fight it another year

Carlos Sainz, in the Dakar with his MINI

Carlos, a perfectionist like few others, does not want to leave the Dakar with negative memories Like those of the last edition, where the pilot and his co-pilot Lucas Cruz lost their chances of victory due to navigation problems. Carlos himself recognized that the Spanish couple he did not know how to interpret the new philosophy of the roadmap in the correct way raised by the organization.

“This year I think it was difficult for us to understand the roadbook, we lost a lot of time 2 or 3 times, more than half an hour. In the end, you can’t win the Dakar like that. At the level of pace and speed we have had it all the race, but nYou have lacked a better understanding of the road book, how to navigate, the crossings … this year was different. At the end, I’m happy with the speed, not because of the work that Lucas and I did “Carlos Sainz said after the 2021 Dakar. Sainz does not want to end his story with the toughest race in the world with a bad taste in his mouth. That adventure tale must end the opposite way.

Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz, with their MINi X-Raid buggy for the Dakar 2021
Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz, with their MINi X-Raid buggy for the Dakar 2021

Sainz: “I hope that Mundo Deportivo will be another 115 years old”

Carlos Sainz won the Movistar Legend Trophy at the 73rd Mundo Deportivo Grand Gala
for his successful and long career, still active at 58 years old, being an example for all. Not only is it to get two world rally titles (1990 and 1992 with Toyota) and win three
Dakar (2010, 2018 and 2020) with three different brands (Volkswagen, Peugeot and Mini), being the oldest champion of the toughest race in the world in cars with 57 years. Also for his enormous contribution to the motor world. He has been a key figure in the World Rallies because it established the current standard of professional pilot. He implemented an incessant and planned work methodology and set out, successfully, to change the concept of a specialist pilot to become a total, competitive pilot in all types of terrain. He is considered one of the best racing car developers for his unique driving sensibility and engineering mind. This, together with his quality of riding and his capacity for work and effort, have made him a legend.

Carlos Sainz receives the Movistar Legend Trophy at the 73rd World Sports Grand Gala from Rafael Fernández de Alarcón, brand, sponsorship and media director of Telefónica
Carlos Sainz receives the Movistar Legend Trophy at the 73rd Grand Gala of Mundo Deportivo from Rafael Fernández de Alarcón, brand, sponsorship and media director of Telefónica

“To Mundo Deportivo and all the people who have decided to give me this Legend Award, thank you very much, thank you very much for remembering me, for giving it to me”Carlos said upon receiving the award from Rafael Fernández de Alarcón, Director of Brand, Sponsorship and Media at Telefónica.

“It makes me very excited. I think a legend award means a lot. First of all, that you are a veteran, to call it somehow, that you have been competing for many years and that people remember what you have done before, and in my case, what I continue to do now, “added the pilot. .

“Thanks to all the readers, thanks to all Mundo Deportivo. You are the oldest sports newspaper in the entire Spanish scene. Congratulations on that and I think you have completed 115 years. Well, let it be another 115 more at least. Congratulations”, finished Carlos, a legend who still wants to go for more. Much more.