There's Nothing like Drifting to Settle a Father Against Son Argument

That statement holds even more truth to it when the two in question are Spanish rally legend Carols Sainz and his son, Formula One driver Carlos Sainz Jr.
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While the former has been drifting all his life - he has a stable home, so we're talking literally here - the 23-year-old son has been taught not to do it. Starting off with karting, Sainz Junior was told the quickest way around a track is to maintain traction at all times, so going sideways was out of the question.

The only time we see a Formula One car drift is when it's hopelessly heading toward the gravel trap, the tire stacks or the protective barrier. If an F1 single-seater loses grip, it usually ends with a crash. But they don't say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree for nothing, so Carlos Sainz Jr. might be just as adept at drifting as his father.

It appears Red Bull had an issue with the "might" bit, so the Austrian energy drink that's well known for its ties with motorsport put together a little contest between the two. Like other short films you can find on the Internet, they even bothered to create a story behind it.

The pair was enjoying a nice breakfast at their sunny home in Spain watching rally on TV, as any family does. The father looks to elevate small talk ("can I have some juice?") to medium talk by pointing at a nice jump performed by the rally car and rhetorically asking "not bad, right?"

The junior is less than impressed, and he's quick to dismiss the skill involved, which leads us to believe this wasn't the first time the two had diverging opinions over which driving style is more difficult - rallying or track racing. This time, though, Carlos Sainz Sr. had had enough, so the gauntlet was thrown.

And since they just happened to have two professionally-made Cross Cars lying around as well as access to a dirt track and a filming crew, the Sainz vs. Sainz clip was created. Expect the usual Red Bull quality, but the ending has us wondering whether there's also a sequel coming.

After taking the cross cars out of one, once their little scuffle is over the pair ends up in another hangar where a Formula One car lies waiting. Moments before, the defeated son asked for a revenge match on asphalt, so we might get to see the two-times WRC and one-time Dakar Rally winner driving an F1 car for what we can only imagine would be the first time.

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