Sainz joined Ferrari from McLaren for the 2021 season, and is at present main team-mate Charles Leclerc within the drivers’ championship, scoring three podiums and 112.5 factors to this point this season.
Sainz certified second for the Russian Grand Prix final weekend, led the early a part of the race and ultimately ending third after a well-timed change to intermediates throughout a late rain bathe.
Whereas he has managed to attain extra factors and podiums than Leclerc to this point this season, Sainz additionally suffered crashes at a handful of occasions, together with qualifying on the Hungaroring and follow at each Zandvoort and Monza.
Sainz stated the crashes confirmed that he nonetheless didn’t really feel totally snug with Ferrari’s SF21 automotive, prompting him to focus his strategy on build up confidence by means of the weekend in Russia.
“I assume you guys have seen from the skin that I’m not nonetheless 100% at residence with the automotive,” Sainz stated.
“I don’t wish to carry again the crashes, however I’ve by no means crashed in my profession.
“I’m a driver that by no means places it within the wall, however for some cause, there have been a couple of crashes that present that I nonetheless don’t totally 100% perceive the automotive.
“[In Sochi] I made a aware effort additionally to take it step-by-step, by means of free follow, into qualy, and be quick actually once I should be quick as a substitute of being quick right away in FP1.
“It has labored properly, it has given me confidence, and I’ve been fast all weekend and I’ve been feeling at residence.”
Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing, 2nd place, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1st place, the Mercedes trophy delegate and Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari, third place, on the rostrum
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Sainz all the time stated he can be treating 2021 as a 12 months to settle in at Ferrari earlier than his second marketing campaign at Maranello subsequent season.
However he took coronary heart from the very fact Ferrari had grabbed the alternatives to attain podiums after they had offered themselves, having completed second in Monaco and third in Hungary.
“We’ve used our alternatives to attain these three podiums,” Sainz stated.
“We simply maximise the alternatives that we get.
“It’s sign, a sign that the group, beneath strain and in the fitting moments, we’re performing properly.
“We’re getting the outcomes each time the possibilities are coming.”