Carlos Sainz Reveals How Long He’s Been Working on the Revolutionary 2022 Ferrari F1 Car

Published 08/17/2021, 5:26 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The 2021 season isn’t even halfway done, and teams are already preparing for next year’s championship. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz has been testing the 2022 car in the simulator, to help the Italian team further develop and be ready for the 2022 season.

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The new regulations are set to change the whole dynamics of the car. Hence, it is no surprise that drivers are having their first test on the simulators of the new cars that might be seen on the grid next year.

Carlos Sainz is helping Ferrari refine their 2022 car

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The 26-year-old has already impressed in his first season with the Scuderia, having achieved two podiums so far. But the Spanish driver has his eyes set on the next season, as he is helping his Italian colleagues to develop into next year’s potential title contender.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

Speaking to Auto Motor Und Sport, Sainz said, “I’ve been driving the 2022 car in the simulator since January to help the team with the development.” 

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Sainz’s teammate, Leclerc, also participates in developing next year’s car

It’s just not the Spanish driver putting in the work behind the simulator to help the Maranello-based team be ready for next year. The team is also getting feedback from their Monegasque driver, Charles Leclerc, who states the car is completely different.

According to formula1.com, he said, “It feels very different. Then I think it’s a question mark for everyone whether we are developing well or not. As I was saying, it’s such a different project, it’s very, very early days, so nobody knows where we are positioning ourselves compared to the others. But we are working on it.”

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during practice REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

With so much work going on at Ferrari to prepare themselves for next year’s championship, do you think that Sainz and Leclerc will bring wins and possibly a title in 2022? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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