Carlos Sainz admits he is still far from his best releases he has shown in the last two seasons at McLaren but believes he is going in the right direction and will soon be able to show his best form for Ferrari. Sainz had a good start at Ferrari with eighth and fifth place in the first two races of the season in Bahrain and Imola although teammate Leclerc beat him in both cases in both qualifying and the race.
The Spaniard thinks he is expected to need a few races to get used to the new Ferrari car, which is different from the McLaren with which he finished sixth in the drivers ’standings last season, but that the adjustment is going pretty well so far.
Sainz praised Leclerc and his sense of the car in key moments of qualifying where the driver must have full confidence in the car, and in Imola, he pointed out that he had an advantage in the way he attacked and transmitted more speed from corners to directions.
“During the winter, I worked really hard and spent a lot of time in the factory to work with the guys,” Sainz said.
"I'm still a long way from Carlos at McLaren and I'm aware of that, and so does the team."
“But I showed flashes of speed like in the qualifiers in Bahrain [when he was the fastest in Q2, 0.001 s ahead of Leclerc]. We saw it again in Imola in the rain where I flew in some laps, even in changing conditions.
” "So there are some good flashes of speed and I just have to keep working, let the races go and all those experiences will come together and make me stronger." "At the race in Imola we were very close, I have to say that my podium was two seconds away, and I lost ten seconds when I crashed into the gravel."
“So the podium was not far away, even after the start from 11th place. The speed is encouraging, the feeling of a car in the rain is encouraging, and even on dry land I could keep up with Charles and Lando, we put a lot of pressure on each other.
” “So there are definitely positive signs. I just have to connect all weekend. ” "But given that I started 11th, made a few mistakes and drove in the rain for the first time, I can't be too disappointed that I finished fifth."