If he doesn’t begin successful races quickly, Martin Brundle feels Carlos Sainz might find yourself taking part in a “supporting function” for Charles Leclerc at Ferrari this 12 months.
Leclerc took a dominant victory in Melbourne on the weekend, making it two wins out of three for the season after his P2 end in Saudi Arabia.
With that, regardless of the Spaniard having completed on the rostrum behind his Ferrari team-mate on the first two races, Leclerc now has a 34-point lead on the prime of the World Championship standings – and is 38 away from Sainz already, after solely three rounds.
Sainz spun out of the Australian Grand Prix after shedding management on the high-speed Flip 9 at Albert Park whereas making an attempt an overtake on the second lap.
Regardless of being informed to change his automotive off, his desperation to get again out on observe was such that he stayed in his automotive whereas the sector took in two additional laps, hoping to be pushed again into the race by marshals.
His automotive was beached although and, after his out-of-position P9 beginning slot, he got here away from Melbourne empty-handed.
Sainz was self-critical after the race on Sunday, however nonetheless hopes to tug himself again in direction of Leclerc on the prime of the standings with an extended option to go within the season.
Crew boss Mattia Binotto mentioned just lately that the 2 drivers are free to proceed racing towards one another however, ought to Sainz not win or achieve floor within the coming rounds, Sky Sports activities analyst Brundle thinks he might be pressured to play second fiddle on the Scuderia this season.
Brundle wrote in his post-race Sky Sports activities column: “Leclerc has stepped as much as a better airplane, delivering pace with consistency and seemingly at all times a half a step forward of this automotive, somewhat than near the sting of the automotive’s restrict and the occasional heavy shunt as we’ve seen prior to now. The brand new laws swimsuit him and he’s developed confidence and elevated self-belief.
“Two pole positions, two wins, a second, and three quickest laps in three races somewhat confirms that.
“His team-mate Carlos Sainz had the weekend from hell, lacking out on a strong qualifying lap when his pal Fernando Alonso induced a crimson flag by crashing resulting from technical points, after which with additional engine beginning dramas not delivering a consultant lap.
“Out of true place in ninth on the grid he wanted a last-minute steering wheel change which led to an terrible begin, and he then proceeded to have a brutal midfield combat on arduous compound tyres, ultimately impatiently spinning off the highway.
“He might effectively find yourself having to play a supporting function to Leclerc from right here, relying on how the competitors shapes up and if he can win the following couple of races, which isn’t out of the query.”