Carlos Sainz has confirmed he has held talks with new Ferrari crew boss Fred Vasseur and seen the crew’s new automotive, however is not going to give something away about what to anticipate from the Scuderia this 12 months.
Ferrari head into the brand new 12 months below new management after Mattia Binotto resigned as crew principal on the finish of 2022, with former Alfa Romeo boss Vasseur being signed in his place because the crew seek for their first Drivers’ or Constructors’ title for 15 years.
Whereas Sainz scored the milestones of his first pole place and victory in Components 1, each achieved at Silverstone final July, he acknowledged himself that he desires to seek out the consistency that introduced him success in 2021, when he beat team-mate Charles Leclerc on factors over the course of the season.
He mentioned he has been maintaining an in depth eye on progress at Maranello, and was again behind the wheel of a Ferrari at their personal take a look at observe, Fiorano, in early January as he ramps up his preparations for the brand new season.
However in the case of how their 2023 challenger will form up, he’s unlikely to be giving too many particulars away any time quickly.
“Hopefully it may be an excellent 12 months,” Sainz advised Sky Italia.
“It began very nicely for the Sainz household, I hope it may be for me and for Ferrari too.
“Have I seen the brand new single-seater? In fact, I’ve been following it for a number of months already and I’ve spoken to the brand new crew principal Vasseur.
“The checks aren’t far-off, however till I see the others on the observe I received’t say something…”
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Sainz was talking whereas watching his father, Carlos Sr, participate within the well-known Dakar Rally. Whereas the rallying legend did win the primary stage of the occasion and gained 4 additional top-three stage finishes, a flip on Stage 9 broken his automotive past restore and left him with fractured vertebrae in his backbone requiring him to be airlifted to hospital.
His son and the present Ferrari driver was there to see him take his stage victory in Saudi Arabia, and Sainz Jr hinted that he could nicely observe in his illustrious father’s footsteps into rallying at some point – however his thoughts is targeted firmly on the duty at hand with the Scuderia inside Components 1 for the 12 months forward.
“I used to be in a helicopter and it was lovely and unimaginable,” he mentioned of his time watching the race. “It was the primary time for me in these locations and following the Dakar, although it didn’t go nicely initially as a result of my father stopped instantly to alter a wheel as a consequence of a puncture. However then he went quick and received. He needed to do it in entrance of us.
“If I’m right here it’s as a result of the race pursuits me and I prefer it, not simply because my dad is right here. It’s a lovely race that I’ve been following for over 15 years. Not in the mean time, I’m too busy, as you all know… however sooner or later, you by no means know. I repeat, it’s a race I actually take pleasure in.”