Carlos Sainz believes Ferrari can get the higher of a really tight battle with McLaren for third place within the constructors’ championship this season, anticipating sure tracks to swimsuit the Scuderia.
McLaren has made a really spectacular begin to the 2021 season, with Lando Norris fourth in Bahrain and third in Imola, backed up by Daniel Ricciardo ending seventh and sixth on every of his first two appearances for the group. Ferrari has additionally supply a serious step ahead after a poor 2020 and is presently simply seven factors adrift of McLaren, and Sainz is anticipating an in depth battle all year long in opposition to his former group.
“I believe it is vitally tight, actually,” Sainz mentioned. “It is vitally tough to choose from. I believe the McLaren has its strengths and its weaknesses, and us the identical. What makes it a very nice battle is that we’re fast in very completely different locations on the monitor and it makes it a really enjoyable battle.
“It appeared like Lando did an excellent job in extracting the entire automotive potential (at Imola). He was on it the entire weekend, particularly from Saturday onwards, and he did a superb race. They have been, in my view on a slower tire, on the softs on the finish of the stint.
“You would see they have been graining a little bit bit and that’s why we have been behind him, pushing him but when he would have been on the medium it’d have been very tough to remain in his DRS as a result of he was very fast on mediums all weekend.
“Perhaps they’ve a little bit of an higher hand the final two races. As quickly as we do an excellent weekend and we go to a monitor that perhaps favors us a little bit bit, we will be forward.”
Whereas the McLaren battle is an thrilling one and reveals how far Ferrari has progressed from the top of final yr, group principal Mattia Binotto needs to focus much less on particular person fights and extra on the general enhancements the group could make.
“Mercedes and Pink Bull are nonetheless forward and I don’t assume that may be a shock — the hole was so large final yr,” Binotto mentioned. “I’m already pleased (with) what we managed to progress however as Carlos talked about, we’re in a good battle with McLaren for the third place.
“Is that our goal for the season? I believe our goal is usually mentioned — it’s to show that we are able to progress in all of the areas. I believe we are able to do it. It’s actually a matter of mentality and I believe extra importantly it reveals we’re able to progressing. However what we now have (is) a superb start line.”