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Sainz: We look very close to being a genuine threat

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Carlos Sainz said that Ferrari are close to being a “genuine threat” in Monaco after a very promising showing during Thursday practice.

The Spaniard ended both sessions second quickest, with teammate Charles Leclerc setting the fastest time so far as he topped the timing sheets in FP2.

Ferrari have been improved this season after a difficult 2020 campaign and looked particularly competitive at the Spanish Grand Prix, where Leclerc finished fourth and Sainz seventh.

Sainz impressed on his last Monaco outing too, finishing sixth for McLaren after a  breath-taking opening lap, but will be hoping to go even better this weekend.

“I was used to a different car here last time I was in Monaco, with a very different balance, and now I arrive here, and the balance with the Ferrari I’m trying to chase here in Monaco is quite different,” he said. “I had to re-adapt, get my references back, change a bit the driving style and build the confidence with that little by little.

“The confidence is there. I had a little moment in FP1, but thank God it didn’t take any confidence out of me, and I was quite on it in FP2. FP2 was a bit less clean because there was always traffic, always bunching up in the last sector, but I managed to get my run plan done. And honestly, I was feeling quite at home. We definitely look very close to being a genuine threat.”

While Ferrari have looked strong so far, Sainz also acknowledged that it was hard to read too much into practice times.

“I think we need to wait until FP3 because things change a lot from Thursday to Saturday here,” he added.

“There’s some drivers that sandbag a bit on Thursday, just because they want to take it easy, then suddenly on Saturday, like Lewis always does his super-quick lap so we will see.”

FP3 for the Monaco Grand Prix gets underway at 12:00 local time on Saturday, with qualifying set to start at 15:00 local time.