Carlos Sainz Shoots Down the Redundant Assumptions on Ferrari’s Car Development: “That’s Not True”

Published 02/23/2023, 6:00 AM EST

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After the harsh 2022 F1 season, Ferrari is all set to return for the fight to the top. With two championships as the aim, the Prancing Horse hopes to develop the car better than ever. As the development process is at its finest, team driver Carlos Sainz has recently opened up to shoot down a vague assumption. Calling it “not true” Sainz revealed that such assumptions are baseless, and that’s not how things work in Formula 1.

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Talking about this, Sainz told to Motorsport Total, “I feel like there was a trend that people were saying the car was going my way or not. But that’s not true. I’m going to say frankly now that a Formula 1 car doesn’t go my way or towards the other driver.”

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A Formula 1 car evolves to be faster. My job as a driver is to provide clues as to where the car is weak. I give that feedback, as does Charles. The team takes it and provides it faces data, draws their conclusions and hopes that the car will then be faster,” further asserted the Ferrari driver.

Admittedly, Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur already mentioned not having any particular driver to focus on for the driver’s championship, since the team game will be the ultimate focal point in 2023. This means neither Leclerc nor Sainz are going to get any advantage over each other when it comes to car development.

Carlos Sainz aims to become a better driver

After spending the 2022 F1 season behind his teammate Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz believes he can be a better driver in 2023. Sainz finished the season 62 points behind Leclerc.

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However, he finished ahead of the Monegasque in 2021. So this leaves chances for Sainz to get the better of Leclerc in 2023. Talking about this, he further shared, “I’ve worked hard over the winter to be well prepared and I’m confident I can do it and become an even better driver.”

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“So I know that once I find my groove this year and feel comfortable in the car, I’ll be able to perform very well. So I’m very excited about what’s to come this year and what I can do as a driver can reach,” concluded the 28-year-old driver.

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It’s not sure if Sainz can become a better driver than he was in 2022. If he wants to be, he needs to put a lot of work to get the better of Charles Leclerc, who is believed to be going for the 2023 F1 championship.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 and NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.
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Varunkumaar Chelladurai

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