Carlos Sainz, a 2023 on the rise
After a rather complex start to the 2023 Formula One season, Carlos Sainz has gradually gained more confidence with the Ferrari SF-23, collecting two pole positions – at Monza and Singapore – and winning in Marina Bay, breaking a streak of fifteen consecutive victories for Red Bull between 2022 and 2023.
The Spaniard is excited for Qatar, a circuit where in 2021, he managed to outperform his teammate Charles Leclerc in both qualifying (5th) and the race (7th).
Carlos Sainz’s words on Thursday in Lusail
“The Ryder Cup all-star match in Rome? I had a lot of fun; I love golf, and being able to meet so many protagonists of this sport was very special. It helped me recharge my batteries after the doubleheader in Singapore and Japan, and now I’m ready to give my best here in Qatar.” – the Spanish driver pointed out.
“I remembered very hot days and cooler evenings, but at this time of the year, the heat remains high even at night, and the humidity level is very high. Anyway, it’s the same for everyone, so we are ready to compete on an equal footing from a physical perspective.” – he added.
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“The Sprint? I like the format, although undoubtedly, in this case, it represents an additional challenge since we will have only one hour of free practice to get familiar with a circuit on which we’ve raced only once, and where the asphalt and curbs have been redone. Many unknowns and little time to prepare, so teamwork will make the difference. In recent races, we’ve managed to be quite consistent in performance, without errors and with optimal executions. We need to continue this way this weekend, even though this track is not, at least on paper, particularly suited to the package we have. Let’s see how things will go when we put the wheels on the asphalt.” – Scuderia Ferrari Spanish driver Carlos Sainz concluded, ahead of the first day of track action at the Lusail International Circuit.