The 2022 Formula 1 season acquired off to a really low-flying begin for Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz. Driving errors led to an pointless retirement and ended his spectacular factors streak, which lasted over 17 races. After simply 5 Grands Prix, teammate Charles Leclerc was already 51 factors forward of Sainz on the planet rankings. The Spaniard didn’t really feel comfy within the F1-75. Now Sainz is slowly catching up with Leclerc. What went properly within the final race?
“I believe it is no secret that within the final 5 to seven races I used to be very shut by way of lap velocity,” Sainz stated. “I used to be combating for extra pole positions and was excellent in qualifying not too long ago.”
In the qualifying duel between Sainz and Leclerc, it is presently eleven to 2 for the Monegasque. Leclerc is clearly the higher Saturday driver. But Sainz is closing in on his teammates and is not at the very least miles away from the struggle for finest grid place. At the current Grand Prix in Monza, the Spaniard was 0.268 seconds behind Leclerc. In Zandvoort, Sainz got here inside 0.092 seconds of polesitter Max Verstappen in qualifying.
Sainz tailored the driving model with Leclerc
Of course, Sainz desires to play on the high not solely on Saturday, but additionally on race Sunday. The Spaniard nonetheless sees room for enchancment right here: “Race velocity is one thing I wish to enhance extra.” In basic, nonetheless, a rise in comparison with the start of the season has already been achieved.
“The enhancements I made to the automobile with my engineers labored properly, which made me really feel extra comfy within the automobile and allowed me to push myself to the restrict,” Sainz stated fortunately. “I’ve additionally tried to adapt my driving model to Charles. Now I’m extra aggressive and happier within the automobile.”
After 16 Grands Prix to this point, the Spaniard is fifth within the drivers’ standings. Teammate Leclerc is 32 championship factors brief. Fourth place George Russell is 16 factors behind. “My purpose is to complete this season robust to be in good condition for subsequent 12 months,” Sainz stated.
Sainz: Ferrari’s efforts are paying off
Not solely Sainz, however your entire Ferrari crew has been working arduous on alternatives for enchancment in current weeks, as Scuderia Red Bull have been clearly inferior not too long ago, partly by their very own errors. “We went again to Maranello and made a whole lot of efforts to seek out out what we may enhance and what went unsuitable in the previous few races,” explains Sainz.
The Zandvoort and Spa Grands Prix have been main disappointments for Ferrari with tactical errors and lack of tempo. In Monza, the Scuderia tried their finest and it nonetheless wasn’t sufficient. The solely spark of sunshine: “The stability of the automobile in Monza was significantly better than it was in Spa,” Sainz states. “It means all of the arduous work we have put in over the previous few weeks is paying off.”