Carlos Sainz is in his third season with Ferrari now, and going into 2023, we didn’t expect him to say that he actually misses his 2022 car. I’m sure he wasn’t expecting that either! 🥴 Ferrari’s championship hopes have slipped away, but how has that affected the mood within the camp?
Well, it doesn’t sound great.
Carlos told the media, including The Race: “It’s one of the toughest moments – not gonna lie. Since 2021, we’ve been on the way up, since I arrived, 2021 was already a good step in the right direction.
“We went from finishing P6 to finishing P3, [then] there was the regulation change that allowed us to do a massive step in 2022.
“And then, this year, we expected at least to find ourselves in a similar position, but unfortunately, there’s a team named Red Bull that have killed the opposition coming up with a car that is clearly superior to everyone else.”
In 2022, Sainz was quite open in saying he struggled to get up to the speed with the car, but now it seems he’d do anything for a time machine to be built and take him back to his race-winning F1-75.
“I miss 2022 because at least we knew I had a car under my belt that was able to win races and pole positions,” Carlos said, “The races, I’ve done pretty much what the car can do right now, which is not a lot, but yeah, I’m just waiting to see if the upgrades improve the feeling.”
Carlos was on the podium nine times in 2022, including his win at the British Grand Prix. But we’re three races in, and still nothing.