Sainz: Ferrari ‘needed a blank sheet’ to return to P1

Sainz: Ferrari ‘needed a blank sheet’ to return to P1

Carlos Sainz concedes Ferrari “wanted” this season’s new rules to get again on high as Mercedes and Crimson Bull’s benefit previous to 2022 was “very huge”.

Ferrari final performed an element in a championship battle in 2018, Sebastian Vettel runner as much as Lewis Hamilton.

However with the German successful only one grand prix within the again half of the season, and Hamilton six, it by no means actually felt like Vettel stood an opportunity.

The next season the Scuderia received simply two grands prix earlier than two win-less campaigns in 2020 and 2021.

This 12 months, no less than within the early working, Ferrari are the staff to beat with Sainz and his team-mate Charles Leclerc.

The latter is main the Drivers’ Championship with 45 factors with Sainz second, 12 factors adrift. Ferrari are additionally on high of the Constructors’ standings, 40 factors up on Mercedes.

Sainz concedes Ferrari wanted the regulation reset to get again on high.

“It’s been a couple of powerful years for Ferrari,” he mentioned, “and these powerful years, we’ve used them to rebuild a bit the staff within the inner facet of it, to try to make ourselves stronger, change into higher at what we do.

“We’ve used the regulation change of getting to start out from zero, and a clean piece of paper, like we’ve accomplished this 12 months, to make use of this, this enchancment in the best way we work to place it into observe and abruptly be again on the high.

“I’ve at all times believed that Ferrari had the precise individuals and the precise mindset to be the place we’re proper now. However we wanted a clean sheet of paper as a result of Crimson Bull and Mercedes with the earlier rules, they only had a really huge benefit on the remainder of the sphere.

“We felt like that hole was very tough to chop again with no reset. And this reset has given us the chance and we’ve used it in an excellent manner. So now, it’s our job to maintain ourselves up there.”

The Spaniard, twice on the rostrum already this season, is completely having fun with Ferrari’s return to the sharp finish of the Formulation 1 area.


He continued: “Definitely, as a Ferrari driver, it’s simply nice to see it, and see the joy of the tifosi coming again and provides them again a bit what we’ve missed in these previous couple of years, as a result of it was undoubtedly not the place we wish it to be, however you would already really feel it right here in Melbourne and somewhere else that persons are getting excited once more.

“And that is good, I feel, for the game and for Ferrari.”




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