“The Dakar can’t be the lottery, that’s what Christmas is for”

Carlos Sainz has finished the Dakar with victory in the last stage and third overall, after an edition in which he had many problems with navigation. The Madrid rider took stock of how the Dakar 2021 has been, and strongly criticized the organization before explaining the reasons why they have not been able to fight to revalidate the title achieved last year.

“It was very difficult for us to understand this roadbook system, we have not managed to understand well how to navigate, the crossings… it was made to catch the co-drivers, not to make life easy for them. This year was different and we paid for it, we lost half an hour two or three times and in the end the Dakar you can’t win it like that, ”said the Mini driver.

The triple champion of the toughest and most iconic rally in the world acknowledged that he is not entirely satisfied with his performance: “I am half happy, yes for the podium, but not because we did not have the race we would like. The fact is that we cannot be 100% satisfied ». Sainz He is very ambitious and although he has said goodbye with a new stage victory, he always wants more and would have liked to be able to fight to revalidate the title.

Despite the result, the 58-year-old Spanish rider assured that he is happy for the title won by his teammate: “I am happy for the team and for Stéphane, He had a fantastic rally and he deserves the victory more than anyone. Monsieur Dakar has given a recital, since he placed first in the second stage he did not lose the lead and has won his title number 14, the eighth in cars.

«I think we had pace and speed throughout the race, but we lacked that, understanding the roadbook better. The second part of Dakar it was a little better, but not much better either. The car worked well, I had a couple of small problems, but it is also important to have a bit of fortune “, he insists Sainz.

Finally, he charged against the organization of the Dakar due to the navigation problems that he and other pilots have suffered in this edition. «In this race, not everyone can be lost every day. It’s a bit of a lottery and brands can’t bet on the lottery… that’s why we play at Christmas, like in Spain, but not in January, ”concluded the man from Madrid.