Ferrari is well placed in terms of car balance and pace for 2022 F1 Hungarian GP, ​​says Carlos Sainz

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz in action during Friday's Free Practice sessions at the 2022 F1 Hungarian GP weekend (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Ferrari is in a good place regarding the balance and pace of F1-75 during the 2022 F1 Hungarian GP, ​​according to Carlos Sainz.

Sainz was the fastest driver on the track during both Free Practice (FP) sessions on Friday, which could be a sign of things to come for the rest of the race weekend.

After setting a best time of 1:18.750 in FP1, Sainz saw his time lap overshadowed by Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc, who clocked the fastest time in FP2 at 1:18.445.

After both sessions, the Spaniard took the time to talk to the media about the Scuderia’s chances for the race weekend at the Hungaroring. The 27-year-old said:

“It was an interesting Friday. The car immediately felt really good out of the garage in FP1 and we were able to do some very good laps. For FP2 we have tried some set-up changes to evaluate which direction is best for tomorrow and the race. We lost the feeling a bit, but we’re in a good place in terms of balance and speed of the car.”

Sainz then elaborated on the possible change in elements predicted by the weather forecast for Saturday’s final practice session and qualifying thereafter. He said:

“It looks like it could get wet tomorrow, so we’ll have to adapt to the conditions. Today was a positive day for the team and I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”

Max Verstappen expects Ferrari to be very fast in 2022 F1 Hungarian GP

Max Verstappen is wary of Ferrari’s pace advantage and expects the prancing horse to be fast at the upcoming 2022 F1 Hungarian GP.

Ferrari was fast in 2022, but reliability and driver errors, along with the team’s own strategic blunders, have let the Scuderia down several times this season. Verstappen has taken advantage of this three times so far and now has a 63-point lead at the top of the World Drivers’ Championship standings.

However, the reigning world champion is not taking the rest of the season for granted. Speaking to the media ahead of the 2022 F1 French GP, Verstappen said:

“It’s a great lead, but a lot can happen. I just want to stay focused. We need many more good results. We still need more one lap speed and I think the next race will be a bit more of a struggle for us where I think Ferrari will be very, very fast. But we’ll see. Again, it’s about scoring points every race, even if it’s not your day.”

Verstappen also hopes Red Bull can introduce their own set of upgrades to compete with the Scuderia in the remaining races of 2022.

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