Carlos Sainz: “We have a very exquisite car, we don’t know why”


The Spanish Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) explained the problems they have had to understand their car since the beginning of the season, a single-seater that he described as “exquisite”, and began the second part of the season with the Dutch Grand Prix thinking already developing a good path towards 2024.

“We are still immersed in a Formula 1 season and you think that you have to do better in the second part and you have to stay fit and ready. Relax, but not completely,” he said at the official press conference this Thursday, about the break for vacations.

Sainz cannot be calm with a Ferrari that they do not know how to exploit on Sundays. “All season we’ve tried different things to understand these new regulations, and see where we’re lacking compared to Red Bull and how we can make the 2024 car faster, we’ve spent a lot of time in the simulator, and turn the season around and to be in a better place for next season”, he stated.

“It is not a secret that we have lacked consistency, it is very difficult to predict in which circuit we are going to be fast and in which not. The best example is what happened in Hungary and Spa, contrary to what we expected. The car always offers chances in qualifying, we qualified above our race pace, and with a clean race you can keep that podium position. We focus on being quick in the race,” he added.

Due to this uncertainty, the Madrid driver confessed that he does not know what to expect from Zandvoort either. “I don’t know, if you look at the track we should go well, but I don’t know. On the other hand, the grid is very tight, we are one or two tenths away, and being above or below could be second or eighth,” he explained. he.

“There are still 10 races left to fully understand everything. Since the Bahrain tests we saw something in our car that we didn’t fully understand. We identified the weakness of the car but it is a very exquisite car, we don’t understand why, but we do a good job trying to figure it out. “We have theories that we are developing that I hope will bear fruit next year. We understand the basic problem, but there are other factors,” he settled.