Carlos Sainz promotes beating Red Bull as Ferrari wants to win ‘more than Mercedes’
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This season, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has appeared to be the better driver than 28-year-old Carlos Sainz, as he currently sits second in the “2022 Drivers Ranking” with 219 points behind Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen (335).
Despite finishing fifth, Sainz appears content with his current position (187 points) as he reminds everyone of his team’s view of the current season ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.
Why did Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz pay more attention to winning than overtaking Mercedes?
If Ferrari can only get back to winning races, Carlos Sainz believes they won’t have to worry about the Mercedes team in the constructors’ championship, despite more than two months having passed since Ferrari (Charles Leclerc P1 in Austria) last won a grand prize.
Since that day, Max Verstappen has chained five consecutive victories to put himself in a position to win a second world championship, even if the results of Mercedes have been superior to those of Ferrari.
Mercedes have scored six podiums in the last five races while the Scuderia have only managed three, reducing the Constructors’ Trophy deficit to 35 points. The Ferrari team, early season favorites to win the titles, are currently battling to stay in second place with 279 points up for grabs in the Battle of the Teams.
However, Sainz argues that Ferrari is more concerned with returning to winning form than Mercedes. If they succeed, they will beat Brackley’s team. In saying this, the Spanish driver puts more emphasis on the remaining races of the season for which he and his team are now fully focused to create pressure on Red Bull.
The Spanish driver addressed a key issue in saying“We are concerned about getting back to winning ways, more so than Mercedes. Honestly, if we know we will start winning again before the end of the season, then the battle with Mercedes should be settled.”
Scuderia Ferrari comes to the end of a campaign in which the team’s performance has fluctuated on the map due to one-off leaks caused by strategy errors and mechanical issues and in the run-up to the final of the series in Abu Dhabi, Sainz pushed the Scuderia to focus on consistency rather than comparing results.
Leaving his suggestions aside, Leclerc’s teammate also focused on maintaining the ‘momentum’ through which their team can improve next season with a long-term project in mind. Apart from that, Sainz, who has 187 points in the Drivers’ Championship and is 32 points behind compatriot Leclerc in the P2 race, will start fifth on the Singapore Grand Prix grid.