Carlos Sainz plans to more and more use his Friday working to experiment with the Ferrari F1-75 searching for a tempo increase.
There was little or no to decide on between Sainz and his Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc in 2021, the pair separated by solely 5.5 factors within the Spaniard’s favour as Ferrari secured P3 within the Constructors’ Championship.
Ferrari have began 2022 very a lot as a front-runner, the place it has been Leclerc delivering the stellar performances.
The Monegasque driver claimed victory on the season-opener in Bahrain earlier than being narrowly crushed to the road by Max Verstappen on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after one other thrilling scrap between the pair.
Sainz has additionally had robust outcomes, a P2 in Bahrain and P3 in Saudi Arabia, however already he seems very a lot liable to turning into thought of the quantity two driver at Ferrari.
Admittedly not but feeling totally comfy with the F1-75, Sainz desires to make positive factors over one lap and discover the couple of tenths he typically has been missing to his team-mate.
With Sainz explaining his engineers had some “attention-grabbing theories” for progress which haven’t but delivered, he feels it’s time to do his personal experimenting on a Friday earlier than qualifying.
“I attempted loads of various things, particularly on Friday,” stated Sainz following the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, quoted by Motorsport.com.
“I did much more on the set-up than on a standard Friday, all the pieces to find the automobile a bit. That’s one thing I need to do extra usually on Fridays – experiment to grasp the automobile higher and see how I can get it a bit extra to my liking. For qualifying, I can tie all the pieces collectively to be quick.”
Sainz completed the Saudi Arabian GP eight seconds behind race winner Verstappen, who had crushed Leclerc to the road by simply 0.549s.
It was clear Sainz nonetheless has some race tempo to seek out additionally, with the Spaniard highlighting his efficiency within the corners had been a energy in Jeddah in 2021 but grew to become a weak point for the second staging of the race.
Nonetheless, regardless of nonetheless not discovering the F1-75 to be an ideal match for his driving fashion, Sainz positively felt he had made a breakthrough in race efficiency on the Saudi Arabian GP.
“Final yr I used to be very quick within the corners, the place now I used to be struggling,” defined Sainz.
“It was necessary to seek out the center floor and transfer ahead. The automobile doesn’t actually give me the sensation I have to profit from my fashion but. These are two issues I’ve been engaged on and I believe we positively made a step ahead for the race.
“The arrogance of final yr isn’t there but, however I’ve seen some good factors when it comes to information and we are able to positively transfer ahead with that.”