Carlos Sainz Fires Warning at Verstappen & Hamilton Amidst Potentially Unpredictable 2022 F1 Season

Published 12/23/2021, 2:02 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after finishing second in the race and world championship with race and world championship winner Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and third placed in the race Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


The 2021 season mostly had the same story unfolding with either Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen taking pole position on Saturday, only for the duo to pull away effortlessly from the rest of the grid on Sunday.

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And by the time Hamilton and Verstappen crossed the chequered flag, the rest of the drivers would find themselves lurking miles behind the leaders. Predictable, isn’t it? Well, not for long. Since the takeover by Liberty Media, F1 has been chasing competitive racing by restricting the regulations to a rather narrow path.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship on the podium REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hence, there are quite a few surprises in store as we head into the 2022 season. Carlos Sainz, too, is aware of the makeover that is in the offing and is already eyeing the big trophy.

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During an interview, the Spaniard reckoned that he could beat both Hamilton and Verstappen assuming he owns a car as competitive as Mercedes and Red Bull.

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Sainz warns Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen

As reported by Soy Motor, the Madrid native is certain that he could defeat the two world champions next season if Ferrari manages to pull off a masterclass in their Maranello factory.

With the same car, you can, yes, or with more equal conditions. The problem is that this year Mercedes and Red Bull were between eight tenths and one second per lap faster, and between drivers, I want to think that there are not more than two or three tenths,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Second placed Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. is celebrates second place with a trophy Pool via REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

If there is a driver who drives a car eight tenths faster, no matter how good you are, you will not be able to beat them. I hope that Formula 1 next year is more even, we can all have more fun and compete equally.

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There are mixed predictions over the script that is expected for next year. While half the racing fraternity believes that the forthcoming season might not live up to the persisting hype, the other half is standing firm, fervently expecting a chaotic campaign.

So, which one is it going to be?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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