EXCLUSIVE by Jordan Wood
MCLAREN driver Carlos Sainz is aiming to punch his way into the upper reaches of the F1 drivers’ Championship by taking up boxing!
The Spaniard is putting on the gloves and will be keen to knockout opposition in his McLaren team into the top three of the constructors’ Championship.
McLaren yesterday released their Formula 1 challenger car for the upcoming 2020 season. The team is aiming to challenge and break into the top three of the constructor’s championship. They are looking to punch through this with the help of Carlos Sainz’ new cardio work routine, which is boxing.
The MCL35 was presented by Sky Sports F1 presenter, Simon Lazenby in front of The Media, McLaren Fans and competition winners. This was held at McLaren’s state-of-the-art technology centre in Woking and Live streamed across social media platforms.
During the reveal, both McLaren drivers, Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris were present. They were accompanied by Mclaren’s chief executive Zak Brown and Team Principal Andreas Seidl, with later on Chief Principal James Key speaking to the printed press after the presentation.
Sainz spoke in a press conference after the reveal, giving away his new ‘’demanding’’ temporary sport.
‘’The biggest change for me, I’ve been switching my cardio work. Boxing and squash are what I’m doing most right now. I like boxing because I like to think. I become too tired and having combinations from boxing stops me from the fatigue I get in F1. Boxing will also help keep my shoulders up whilst also keeping the car straight.’’
Sainz was asked about who in The Boxing World had inspired him to take on the sport. Like many, The ‘Louisville Lip’ was top of his agenda
‘’I’ve always read books and seen videos of Mohammad Ali, that’s my biggest boxing hero. I watch today’s boxing now and again as well. Boxing I find, is very demanding and similar to Formula 1. Having to deal under pressure is very similar in both sports. In Spain we’ve had good boxers, but no one that properly excelled worldwide.’’
Sainz and Norris will be hoping to knockout opposition, when the new season starts in Australia in four weeks.