Scuderia Ferrari Spanish driver Carlos Sainz feels that some “big jumps” will take place in the 2022 Formula One championship given the fact that during the year teams will be able to understand and work out how to improve their all-new challengers and make them faster.
As we get closer to the start of the season, the 2022 cars are being presented one by one, despite the fact that teams are careful not to reveal the most important details, with only Aston Martin and McLaren somewhat keener than Haas and Red Bull before them to show what they will be taking to the track later this month.
Scuderia Ferrari will officially present the F1-75, which is their car for the much-changed aerodynamic rules, on Thursday February 17, just a few days until the Maranello team’s drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc start a three-day track session at the Circuit de Catalunya where they will get the first opportunity to test it.
What the pecking order will be when the competitive action begins is difficult to predict, but Carlos Sainz believes the inevitable fast rate of development means it is unlikely to be a static hierarchy throughout the 2022 Formula One championship as it has been in recent seasons dominated by Mercedes.
When qsked if the new generation of challengers are likely to be faster or slower than the former cars, the Spanish driver, quoted by Marca, explained: “I think, at the beginning, they should be slower than the last generation. We have to remember in the last generation we had five or six years of development and now the car is in the first year of the new generation. But I think the progress will be super-fast and at some point, the cars will become so fast that it will be a big jump. If a car that is 40 kilograms heavier can be close to the performance of last year’s car, it would be an interesting change.” – he added.
Asked for comment on the new car, teammate Charles Leclerc concurred and added: “We can’t say too much because that would be giving information to the competitors, but obviously I feel the cars are heavier. Maybe at the beginning they are slower than the cars of previous years.” – he concluded.
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