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Sainz: Need to make sure we have more Vegases than Singapores

Sainz: We need more Vegases than Singapores in 2024

Sainz: Need to make sure we have more Vegases than Singapores

Carlos Sainz hopes Ferrari will be competitive in the 2024 Formula 1 season, with more races like Las Vegas where they were fast on merit, unlike Singapore where Red Bull struggled.

That comes as a bit of a surprise after Sainz won Singapore but had a horror weekend in Las Vegas, after his car was struck by a loose drain covering, requiring a new chassis and power unit and earning him a grid penalty.

But according to him Las Vegas was the race where Ferrari were genuinely fast, Charles Leclerc qualifying on pole with Sainz second over three tenths ahead of Max Verstappen. Singapore, on the other hand, was an off weekend for Red Bull and Max Verstappen where they struggled.

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But Sainz hailed Ferrari for capitalizing on Singapore, making the best out of the opportunities, and asked by Motosport.com if that changed his outlook on 2023, he said: “One hundred percent. It has to affect the year because it’s not like we had many chances of winning a race this year.

“The fact that we took it and we didn’t waste one single opportunity there and we maximize FP1, FP2, FP3, quali, Q1, Q2, Q3 and the race was I think a huge accomplishment. Not only for me but also for the team, to prove that when the opportunity arrives next year we are able to win.

“We were under pressure that weekend because it meant that it was our only weekend maybe to fight for a win in combination maybe with Vegas.

“But this we didn’t know at the time. The fact that we maximised it, we performed, we didn’t fail under pressure and we put together that weekend, I think is a great showing that next year we’re capable of doing things if we get a good car,” the Spaniard reckoned.

Ferrari feel better a team in terms of operations

Indeed, Ferrari delivered a clean operation in Singapore, Sainz even more impressive allowing Lando Norris into his DRS to help him defend from a chasing George Russell in the Mercedes, the Briton playing ball.

But Ferrari seemed to be less error prone in 2023 under the leadership of Frederic Vasseur, and Sainz confirmed that, he said: “It feels exactly that way also on the inside.

“I think we acknowledge the package we have and now we just put it on track and we try to maximise it every weekend. And I think we are doing a much better job of that.

“It’s not easy because it’s mentally challenging to understand how in Las Vegas you can out-qualify the Red Bull by three tenths and fight for the win and then go to Brazil and be a second off the race pace. It’s almost unbelievable that these swings in performance can happen.

“Now we need to focus on making sure we have more Vegases than Singapores next year,” Sainz concluded.

Sainz finished the 2023 F1 season seventh in the Drivers’ Standings with 200 points while teammate Charles Leclerc was fifth with 206.