Sainz: It’s been tough with the F1-75

Sainz: It's been tough with the F1-75Carlos Sainz reflected on his tough experience with his 2022 Formula 1 car, the F1-75, labeling his season so far as a rollercoaster.

The F1-75 is arguably the fastest car on the 2022 F1 grid, but Carlos Sainz struggled to get the proper feel for it at the start of the season, as he was far off the pace of his teammate Charles Leclerc as his early season was marred with errors.

Speaking to Formula 1’s official website in Hungary, Sainz said: “It’s been a rollercoaster season, especially the beginning. It’s been tough with this car.

“Two consecutive DNFs at the beginning dropped me out of the championship fight very early. Then I had a high peak with [fighting for the win in] Canada and [winning at] Silverstone, then a low, then a high. But I’d much rather have the rollercoaster being as competitive as I am now than at the beginning,” he added.

Sainz seemed to have turned a corner after his win in Silverstone, but a power unit failure on his car in Austria saw all the positivity evaporate, as he went out of the race in a blaze.

However, support from the team meant the Spaniard was able to move on, he said: “[That support] was important, especially after Austria, which was hard to digest because I know I haven’t had the easiest start of the season, but my season was starting to come together with a strong result in Canada and a win in Silverstone.

“I was about to finish in the top-two again for the third consecutive race and then a DNF sent my championship hopes and a lot of points to the bin,” he reflected.

Sainz shed some light on how he has come to terms with his car this year, something satisfactory for Ferrari after his tough start to 2022.

“If anything, everyone [in Ferrari] is happy [with my results]. If I am competitive, the team is going to be happy,” he said.

“They have seen the progress we have done with the car. I’m not saying it’s done, or I don’t still need to progress and keep making myself comfortable and strong, but it’s definitely helped the way I approach the weekend.

“My mindset into the weekend now is more focused on maximising the weekend, instead of every session trying to find something in the car to click,” he explained.

Ferrari’s strategy always a talking point

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Ferrari had another strategy blunder in Hungary that cost the team a potential win with Leclerc, while Red Bull delivered an “out-of-the-blue” strategy to win the race with Max Verstappen who started tenth.

Sainz is adamant that Ferrari are operating at a high level despite mistakes, he said: “The team is performing at a very high level.

“We’re up against a very strong team like Red Bull which makes things complicated and we need to perform at a high level to match them. The team has progressed a lot these last two years.

“Strategy is always a talking point in Ferrari,” he said defending his team’s strategy calls. “I don’t know why everyone looks at our strategy and over-analyses what we should have done.

“I guess it’s part of being Ferrari. There is over-analysis of our radio too. All our radio messages get broadcast. Maybe this gives an impression of chaos,” Sainz mused.

The 27-year-old went on to explain how he and the team communicate during a race, saying: “My conversations on radio are always the same

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a calm race or not, or a strategy-dependent race or not, we’re always having these conversations you’re hearing on the broadcast and I find them extremely important to take the right decisions.

“I’d much rather have them than not have them, trust me,” the driver, who won his first F1 race in Silverstone this year, insisted.