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Silverstone ‘good reference’ on my progress with Ferrari F1 car

Adam Cooper

After struggling to adapt to the car in the early part of the season, Sainz had strong weekends in both Monaco and Baku before a brave but unsuccessful chase from Max Verstappen in Montreal put him in second.

The Spaniard says that after the three street or temporary circuits, Silverstone is more akin to Barcelona, ​​the last location where he really struggled with the car.

Sainz acknowledged that while his recent form has been encouraging, this weekend will be a useful test to see how much progress he has really made.

“Yeah, I’m a little bit more excited, not only from Canada, but Baku, Monaco, I’ve had some decent weekends with the car now,” he said when asked by Motorsport.com if Montreal had given him confidence. stimulate.

“I think Silverstone is going to be more of a challenge because it’s closer to Barcelona, ​​the track I’ve struggled the most with so far.

“So I think it will be a good reference for me to see how much I’ve progressed and how much I’ve really improved with this car. Because since Monaco I definitely felt much closer and much more comfortable with the car.”

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75

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Sainz, who has undergone a chassis change for the British GP, also says he knows he will have to be patient if he is looking for that elusive first win.

“I want it more than anyone in the paddock, and I know a lot of people want that win for me too,” he said.

“But I can tell you that in the times that I’ve come close, I’ve done everything I can and tried everything to get it. And I think I have to be patient, I don’t have to chase it, and I think it will come.”

When asked if he thought he could still compete in the 2022 title fight, Sainz insisted it was possible if he could win races and score consistently.

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“I don’t look too much at the title fight,” he said. “Mainly because I dropped out very early in the season with my two outs, they were consecutive and then another out in Baku.

“Honestly it put me pretty far behind, but if I focus on winning races I think that will get me back into the fight.

“So my focus is race-by-race and try to be on the podium in every race to win them, and let’s see where that takes me in the final leg.

“But I don’t look at the championship like crazy, you know, I just look at it race by race, let’s try to win that first one, then if we’re not all on the podium, and then be consistent, go back to the consistent Carlos I’ve been in F1 over the years, and then that should get me back to the top.”