Nico Rosberg tears into Carlos Sainz when comparing Ferrari star with Charles Leclerc

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NICO ROSBERG believes Carlos Sainz must make loads of ‘progress’ to match his Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc.

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Former F1 champion Nico Rosberg believes Carlos Sainz is a ‘good’ driver however has questioned whether or not he’ll ever change into world champion. The ex-Mercedes driver insists the Spaniard has to make ‘fairly a little bit of progress’ to match Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc.

Sainz continues to be looking for his first race win, however got here shut as soon as once more with a second-placed end on the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday. A late security automobile allowed the 27-year-old to assault Max Versteppen within the last laps, however he was unable to discover a well beyond the championship chief.

Following a poor begin to the season, Sainz has now scored factors in 4 of his final 5 races together with three podium finishes. The most recent end result has put Sainz seventh on the all-time checklist for many races with out a win, however Ferrari crew principal Mattia Binotto is assured the previous McLaren and Renault driver will take his first victory sooner moderately than later.

Sainz trails Leclerc by 24 factors within the championship standings, together with his Ferrari team-mate registering wins in each Bahrain and Australia to this point this season. Rosberg fears the previous has loads of enhancements to make if he’s to match the return of the Monegasque driver.

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Nico Rosberg tears into Carlos Sainz when comparing Ferrari star with Charles Leclerc

Nico Rosberg tears into Carlos Sainz when evaluating Ferrari star with Charles Leclerc (Picture: Getty)

He ruthlessly advised Sky Sports activities: “Sainz has bought it in him to be , first rate driver inside Ferrari however in the mean time he has not bought it in him to be a world champion. On efficiency, Charles Leclerc has been outdriving him each single race this 12 months.

“He nonetheless wants to search out fairly a little bit of progress which comes as fairly a shock after final 12 months. In fact, the automobile is totally completely different so possibly it takes him extra time to get up to the mark.”

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Crimson Bull have now secured six straight race wins, with Verstappen taking his sixth victory of the season in Canada. The reigning world champion has already opened up a sizeable 46-point lead within the championship standings, with team-mate Sergio Perez presently second.

The Dutchman seemed to be heading in the right direction for an additional snug victory in Canada, till a late security automobile introduced Sainz with a possibility to push for the victory. Verstappen noticed off the problem of the Ferrari driver, with the race winner later admitting his rival had the sooner automobile.

Nico Rosberg tears into Carlos Sainz when comparing Ferrari star with Charles Leclerc

Nico Rosberg tears into Carlos Sainz when evaluating Ferrari star with Charles Leclerc (Picture: Getty)

Rosberg added: “It has been a few super-impressive races from Max. He’s so assured and driving at such a formidable degree. He drove to perfection in troublesome circumstances in qualifying and the stress from Sainz within the race is to not be underestimated.

“Contained in the automobile it’s a horrible feeling. You’ve gotten executed every part completely after which due to the protection automobile you abruptly have the Ferrari behind you in a triple DRS zone placing a lot stress on. In case you make the slightest of errors, he’s by means of however Max managed that so completely.”

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