Sainz: I feel we have chances for 2023

Sainz: I feel we have chances for 2023

Sainz: I feel we have chances for 2023
Carlos Sainz is not worried about Ferrari’s gap to Red Bull, insisting the Scuderia have chances to take on their rivals in the 2023 Formula 1 season.

Ferrari did not capitalize on a strong start to their 2022 F1 campaign, and despite having the clearly faster car in the first few races, their F1-75 later fell behind Red Bull’s RB18, the latter having the edge in races and tyre management, the former having the upper hand in qualifying.

Combined with Ferrari’s customary strategic flops, and driver errors from Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, the chance to win the Title slipped away from the Reds’ fingers.

Sainz who started 2022 with difficulty to get on top of his F1-75’s handling, went on to improve as the season progressed taking his first first F1 career pole position and win at the 2022 British Grand Prix, with two more poles in Belgium and Austin.

Looking ahead to 2023, the Spaniard was quoted by F1’s official website saying: “I feel we have chances. I mean, Red Bull has been dominant, but they’ve been dominant without being clearly ahead in pace.

Ferrari not far behind Red Bull on performance

“I don’t feel like we are so far behind in terms of car development and car performance. If you think about it, I was on pole in Austin; we were one-two in quali. It must be that our car is actually not that far from the Red Bull,” Sainz pointed out.

“What we need to focus on is in trying to understand [the 2023] tyres, [and] see how we can be quicker in the race, because it’s clear that the Red Bull is particularly quick in the race compared to us,” the 28-year-old highlighted.

“For the strategy, race execution, tyre management, that’s another step that we want to take, that we are already working on. But in terms of pure performance, we are not far [away],” he added.

“We just need to put on a bit more power and a bit more downforce in the car, and we’re going to be at the same level or faster, so let’s hope that we can do that,” the winner of one grand prix maintained.

Ferrari will have to deal with a management reshuffle in 2023, with Mattia Binotto exiting at Maranello, and replaced by Frederic Vassuer, another factor to consider ahead of the upcoming F1 season.