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Verstappen Will be 2022 Champ, Focus on 2023 Now – Ferrari Admits Defeat in Helpless F1 Title Pursuit

Published 10/07/2022, 11:50 AM EDT

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Ferrari and Red Bull have been going at each other since the beginning of this season. The battle had started strong, with Ferrari in the lead. At the beginning of the season, it almost seemed like Ferrari had brought back their glory days. However, Red Bull has come in hot and taken the lead away. With a constant back and forth between the teams, the tussle seems to have grown stronger.

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Max Verstappen, who didn’t have the most reliable car at the beginning, has now showcased tremendous form as he’s close to winning his second title. Amid all this, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz shared his thoughts on Max Verstappen‘s current situation.


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Carlos Sainz, as per, has accepted Verstappen as the 2022 champion. Even though his teammate Charles Leclerc is technically in the championship run, it seems Sainz and his team have shifted focus.

Talking about the prancing horse’s vision moving forward, he said, “We’re going to do everything we can to win, which also slows down their success. It’s been a while since we won, but the goal is to just win everything. We know that sooner or later Verstappen will be champion anyway.”

“With those wins, we are preparing for 2023. The aim is not specifically to delay his title win. We know he will take it anyway. At Ferrari, we want to be victorious, keep learning and run weekends perfectly. That builds confidence and that brings Ferrari more success.”

Gearing up for the Japanese Grand Prix, Sainz states that the circuit suits the Ferrari car and this might hold a good chance for the team.

Japanese Grand Prix Circuit May Benefit Ferrari according to Carlos Sainz


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Both Ferrari men, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, did well in Singapore last weekend. However, they were still bested by a Red Bull. Only this time, it was Sergio Perez. Despite that, the Spaniard is quite optimistic about Ferrari’s changes in the upcoming race.

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Talking about the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, Sainz said, “Suzuka should suit us. It consists of long straights, with medium and fast corners. This has to suit our car. Our car is fast almost everywhere, but it’s purely down to how we do against Red Bull.”


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The Japanese Grand Prix is upon us, and the Ferrari-Red Bull battle is something to look out for. Do you agree with Sainz? Is Max the unarguable World Champion this season? Or is there a possibility for a different turnout?

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Written by:

Nida Chakraborty


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Nida Chakraborty is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. After completing her undergrad from St Xavier's College with a degree in Psychology, she had gone on to take up multiple journalistic ventures in Radio and Television. Not only has she been a producer for Fever 104 FM, one of India's leading FM radio stations, but she has also worked for MTV and Channel V.
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Ranvijay Singh