Carlos Sainz has revealed that Ferrari have set themselves lofty goals and aim to have the “most powerful” engine on the grid in the coming seasons.
There were controversies in 2019 when Ferrari were required to make significant, yet unknown changes to their engines after allegedly tricking a fuel sensor.
The team had a disastrous 2020 campaign as a result, finishing a lowly sixth in the Championship. However, it was a much better performance in the 2021 season with five podium finishes and netting third in the Constructors’ table.
For the new season, Ferrari have opted for a radical design which appears to have paid dividends. The Scuderia have had a solid first test, with both Sainz, and team-mate Charles Leclerc finding themselves at the sharp end of the timesheets throughout the three-day shakedown.
The Spaniard says that Ferrari are concentrating on chasing engine performance first, ahead of outright reliability. With an engine freeze until 2025, teams can only make reliability changes from now until then.
Alpine have also followed suit with CEO Laurent Rossi explaining that the team will also take their development path down performance rather than reliability. Sainz believes this is a “logical step” for Ferrari to take.
“I think the logical step if they are going to freeze engines is to try to find the performance limit and then you have five years to work on reliability,” Sainz told reporters in Barcelona.
“I think that’s the way to go and that’s what we’ve done. We want to have a powerful engine, if not the most powerful or one of the most powerful in the coming years, and the team is working on it.”
Sainz is heading into the final season of a two-year contract with Ferrari and when asked whether he is closer to an extension announcement, the 27-year-old said the ball is in motion.
“The renewal is on track,” explained Sainz. “I said it last year and I repeat it again, that I trust the project 100% and I think Ferrari trusts me too, so it did not depend on testing the car or not because I trust [it], and the fact that we have reached the test does not mean anything, but that it is being negotiated and is moving forward.”
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