Brundle expects feisty battle between Ferrari drivers

Frank Parker
Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc. Silverstone July 2021.

Sky Sports commentator and ex-F1 racer Martin Brundle says he expects the two Ferrari drivers to get “very competitive” should the team be fighting at the front.

Ferrari have arguably one of the strongest driver pairings on the grid, a thought cemented after the team locked in both Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc on long-term contracts.

The strength of their line-up helped the team to snatch third place in the 2021 championship away from long-time rivals McLaren.

During testing, Ferrari have often looked to be the cream of the crop, regularly finding themselves at the sharp end of the timing sheets.

The performances have led many to believe they are the front-running team heading into the first grand prix of the year in Bahrain next weekend.

Charles Leclerc leads Sebastian Vettel in testing. Bahrain March 2022

Even Red Bull’s Christian Horner believes Ferrari are quick at the moment, stating: “For me, the car that looks the most settled on circuit is the Ferrari at the moment.

“They have had a very strong testing period so far both in Barcelona and Bahrain. I would say they have looked extremely competitive on track.”

Brundle feels if the Ferrari is as competitive as people believe, the intra-team battle between Sainz and Lerclerc will be “very competitive”.

“If that Ferrari is a race-winning proposition then it will be fascinating controlling Leclerc and young Carlito (Sainz) because they are pretty even Stevens,” said Brundle, speaking during the Sky F1 testing coverage.

“We saw them last year – quite feisty together, they are respectful, they know who their employer is and their paymaster, but if there’s a sniff of race victories or the championship, that will get very competitive between the drivers.”

Ferrari have been quick to downplay any advantage they may have, with Sainz explaining the F1-75 felt trickier to drive at Bahrain than it did in Barcelona.

“It feels, in Bahrain, let’s say a bit worse than in Barcelona,” he said.

“Because it is a lot warmer and the tarmac has a lot less grip.

 

“It feels a lot trickier to drive in Bahrain than in Barcelona but this is normal, we have this every year.

“The car in the corners feels different to last year, but it also feels like we are doing progress and we know better what to do after every lap.”

 

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