“His friends and Leclerc when we cease. Binotto away? Only rumours»-

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The Spanish Ferrari driver: “I’ve by no means been handled as a second driver, I should not have been. I may have been one after the primary a part of the season however I did one thing, I needed to change my driving fashion. There is a particular relationship with Binotto »

ABU DHABI “Without rumors and rumours, it might not be Ferrari. They will all the time be there, we are calm. Maybe we will rating a purpose right here and then all the pieces will probably be forgotten”. Carlos Sainz responds to the phrases that may exchange Mattia Binotto.

The very first thing you do after the race?

“I’m going dwelling to Italy, mendacity on the couch and watching TV reruns. Then golf, padel, dinner with friends and girlfriend (Isabel ed

The ultimate race right here at Yas Marina. Would you be prepared to assist Leclerc to second place within the World Drivers’ Championship?

“Sure, I used to be already in Brazil. I’m a crew participant and I’ve by no means had an issue serving to a good friend.”

Personal objectives for these two years.

«The first one instantly I heard at dwelling and confirmed. The second one was robust particularly initially, however then I did nicely and I’m ending the season on a excessive notice. But I can not drive this automobile naturally.”


“It was not designed for me to regulate my habits. But I’m proud that I made the transition, it might have been simpler to surrender and simply take a look at 2023”.

Most stunning Ferrari obsession?

“The victory at Silverstone, the primary in F1. But additionally the brace in Bahrain: I’ve by no means seen such a cheerful crew, the enjoyment of the crew will stay in my head eternally. I’ll add one other pole in Austin».

What are you able to do to make this happiness last more, contemplating the subsequent 12 months?

“We will be very blissful, however we need to develop in different issues. Notice the outcomes on Sunday having a race with one seat greater than the qualifiers. Consider the beginnings the place we battle, within the administration of the tires. To enhance”.

The 2022 Red was born nicely and then declined.
“Red Bull and Mercedes have been champions in improvement, now we aren’t as sturdy as we had been at the start”.

Have you ever felt like a second driver at Ferrari?
“Not at Ferrari or wherever else. I do not deserve it. And in fact, I used to be blissful about one factor”.

“Respect. Because after the primary a part of the season I’d have been the second rider. But I did one thing.”

What objectives do you set for your self?
“The World Championship is Ferrari. That’s why I got here right here.”

Leclerc too. What are your relationships actually like?
“There is competitors. But mutual respect and admiration for one another is so nice that we have by no means had any arguments or issues. Even if it is a race automobile. He’s among the best gamers I’ve ever been round.”

Of course, as a way to run easily, he needed to “steal” a few of Charles’s secrets and techniques?
“Yes, as a result of it is a 2022 machine, his fashion labored higher than mine. I needed to make errors, change strategies and study”.

What does the driving force ask himself?
“Everything that got here naturally to me precipitated me to decelerate. I needed to reinvent myself and change all the pieces: braking, coming into and exiting corners. It’s the primary time this has occurred, it pissed me off that it occurred in a 12 months the place I had one racing seat”.

What is your 2023 confidence primarily based on?
«We know tips on how to study from errors, in competitors and improvement. Since I’ve been at Ferrari I’ve seen progress, if we set ourselves a purpose we will obtain it”.

Yes, however ultimately you solely received 4 races.
“The drawback is that typically issues do not go as quick as individuals need, they take time.”

He is aware of Verstappen nicely, you made your debut in F1. Why is it so particular?
«Very fast, aggressive, has no weaknesses. He has the complete assist of the crew. It deserves each positions ».

«The present stage of pilots is so excessive that the distinction is within the particulars. At least 6-7 with the precise automobile can win the World Cup ».

What was your worst second in 2022?
“Stop. Getting out on the primary lap. I got here from Australia. Less than two GPs, a crash. While we had an awesome automobile by which Charles went up and received. It’s onerous to just accept.”

What is your relationship with Binotto?
“Good. I’ll all the time thank him for selecting me and believing in me. He was the primary in an enormous group to consider in me, Mattia will probably be particular to me.”

Who does Sanz appear like?
“To everybody. I’m Carlos Sainz. But I’ve position fashions: Rafa Nadal, Alonso of grit. My father, in fact.”

Why Christmas?
“For instance exterior and exterior. Because of the will to win, due to the respect of the opponents ».

In Abu Dhabi final 12 months, Hamilton and Verstappen got here to play for the title on equal footing. Would you wish to have an ending like this?
«I can not think about how he feels on the weekend with the race, with that security automobile… Yes, I need to win the World Championship like this, who is aware of what adrenaline. But even when it got here in a easy method, it might be good. “…

Is it doable to be friends amongst pilots?
“Yes, we have Norris. And I feel that even with Charles sooner or later we will be the place we are not companions and we won’t struggle for titles. We are already friends, but additionally rivals and it’s regular to be slightly distant ».

November 18, 2022 (replace November 18, 2022 | 07:19)

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