Ferrari duo ready to fight each other for the title

Sam Cooper
Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz hug on Bahrain podium. Bahrain 2022

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz celebrate on the Bahrain podium. Bahrain 2022

Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz say they are prepared to fight each other for the World Championship after their car impressed in the opening grand prix.

The duo secured Ferrari’s first one-two finish since Singapore 2019 and only the Red Bulls, until a late failure for both of their cars, seemed able to keep pace.

Leclerc won his third F1 race while Sainz ended up on the podium for the seventh time in his career, with many suspecting Ferrari will be back challenging for the World Championship this year.

During their post-race press conference, the two drivers were asked by Marca whether they are ready to fight each other for the World Championship should they prove a cut above the rest.

“I think it’s a very good problem to have,” Leclerc said. “I mean, coming into the season we surely knew we would be in a better position compared to the past two years but we didn’t really know where, and now we see we are actually in the mix to fight for the title so it’s amazing!

“I think we are both very, very happy to have a car that is capable of winning. And yeah, we will fight for it, for sure.”

The Monegasque’s team-mate Sainz agreed and said fighting for championships is where both drivers want to be.

“It’s just great news for Ferrari and for us because it’s where Ferrari should be and it’s where Charles and I want to be in our lives, fighting for World Championships,” the Spaniard said.


“It’s still a long year, we still need to make sure we develop well this car because at the moment it’s a quick car, but it also needs to be quick the whole year to keep us in the fight. And it’s a great problem to have, actually.

“Before the race, Charles and I were working together and the first thing we said to each other is how good it feels, just to be starting first and third and to finally be fighting for something bigger, and together.

“And we kind of had that moment of just realising we are in the fight this year, and it was…between us a good moment to reflect and to realise we are a lot luckier in that sense than last year, and we have a good fight on our hands.”


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