Carlos Sainz has described 2021 as a “transition year” for Ferrari – and believes that all Mercedes F1 team bars should be aimed at 2022.
The Spaniard is preparing for his first competitive trip in the red Ferrari to replace Sebastian Vettel, whose contract was not extended last season.
After a poor 2020 in which they only finished sixth in the Builders’ World Championship, Ferrari’s main task this year is to get back on par with teams such as McLaren and Aston Martin – Vettel’s new home – and try to close the gap to Mercedes and Red Bull.
A new engine should help the Scuderia, but Sainz is already looking beyond the upcoming 23-race record to when the new Formula 1 rules start for 2022 with the goal of being serves as a leveler – and suggests that most Ferrari competitors do the same.
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“I am already seeing some positive signs from Ferrari and improvements and of course a new engine is coming which should once again improve the situation a bit,” said Sainz, who has been announced by Crash.net.
“But I think 2021 is a difficult year for everyone. We all know that Mercedes will be in control of the sport and without major regulatory change there is a high chance that this will continue in 2021.
“So for me, I think Ferrari and almost everyone who is not a Mercedes should focus more than 2022 and try to make that the biggest change in competitiveness. the team.
“I am confident that Ferrari already knows and I will try to do that and that 2021 will be a transition year.
“I will try to build good relationships and experience race car racing, and then in 2022 we will start with a clean sheet of paper and new rules and it will be even more important.
“I feel ready for anything that comes. I always said that my ultimate goal in Formula 1 is to one day try to be a World Winner and I am ready to take that next step at Ferrari and see how it goes . I feel 100% ready. ”
Sainz and his teammate Charles Leclerc have already outdone most of their opponents in terms of game use, having taken part in a week-long seven-driver test with Fiorano’s Ferrari 2019.
The 26-year-old Madrid-born driver will drive the 2021 version on the track for the first time in pre-season tests at the Bahrain International Circuit from March 12-14.
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