Carlos Sainz believes that Ferrari are making good progress and will be ready to challenge for the title next season.
After a disastrous 2020 campaign in which the Italian team had machinery that was only good enough to fight in the lower midfield and ultimately finished P6 in the Constructors’ Championship, this season has been a big step forward.
In the first half of the year, they’ve claimed two pole positions, three podiums and are currently P3 in the standings, level on points with McLaren.
With widespread regulation changes being introduced next season, the opportunity is there for things to get even better for them, and Sainz thinks they’re ready to take it.
“We want to continue to improve as a team,” he said as per givemesport.com.
“And build the team to try to be as complete as possible, and have the opportunity to win the title next year with the new regulations.
“We are ready for that.”
Battling for P3 in the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari seem to have improved from last year's disappointment:
2020: 131 points
2021: 163 points so far
— PlanetF1 (@Planet_F1) August 10, 2021
In his first year with the team, Sainz has been one of the most impressive drivers in a season where so many others have struggled to adapt to their new surroundings.
Two of the Scuderia’s three podiums have come courtesy of the Spaniard, and he also has more three more points than team-mate Charles Leclerc.
How well he is comparing to the Monegasque comforts him, but he feels that he can do even better going forward.
“My pace is right, but there is a lack of consistency,” he added.
“And today you really do have to put all the puzzle pieces in the right place in order to show a good racing performance.
“I’m doing better now and I have been comforted to see that I was always close to Charles in terms of speed. But he has managed to put better weekends together.
“I know that I can do a lot more.”
He has previously stated that he thinks one of the keys to Ferrari beating McLaren, his former team, this year in the battle for P3 will be himself producing “complete” race weekend performances.
“I believe as soon as I get a bit more comfortable and I start putting weekends together the way I used to do at McLaren, I think they will have a tougher time beating us than they are right now,” he told Channel 4.