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today is Dec 05, 2021

In the round-up: Carlos Sainz Jnr admitted he still doesn’t feel entirely comfortable in his Ferrari despite scoring his third top-three finish for the team in Sochi.

In brief

Crashes show I’m not at home in car yet – Sainz

After the first 15 races of his first season with Ferrari, Sainz leads team mate Charles Leclerc by 8.5 points in the championship. However he says a series is crashes in recent races have occured because he still isn’t entirely comfortable in the SF21.

“We’ve used opportunities to score those three podiums. But I guess you have seen it from the outside that I’m not still 100 percent at home with a car.”

Sainz said his recent crashes are atypical for him. “I’ve never crashed in my career, I’m a driver that never puts it in the wall and for some reason that there’s been a few crashes that shows that I still don’t fully understand 100 understand the car.”

Carlos Sainz Jnr, Ferrari, Zandvoort, 2021 Sainz crashed in practice at Zandvoort

In Sochi, where he qualified on the front row and took third place, Sainz said he “made a conscious effort also to take it step-by-step through free practice and quali, and being fast really when I need to be fast instead of being fast straightaway in FP1.”

“It has worked well,” he believes. “It has given me a good confidence and I’ve been quick all weekend and I’ve been feeling at home.”

IndyCar junior series titles wrapped up

IndyCar’s junior categories concluded one week after the main series, in Mid-Ohio. Kyle Kirkwood clinched the Indy Lights title in the final race despite finishing outside of the top two places for the first time since June. Fifth for Andretti driver Kirkwood secured the title ahead of his HMD rival David Malukas, who came in second behind Linus Lundqvist as the curtain fell on a series which did not run in 2020 due to the pandemic.

During the same weekend Christian Rasmussen wrapped up the Indy Pro 2000 title and Kiko Porto put the USF2000 crown out of his rivals’ reach with a race to spare.

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