Carlos Sainz is approaching the British Grand Prix weekend full of excitement with a sense of clarity on what he must focus on to achieve his first win with Ferrari.
The Spaniard has shown consistency in two of the three previous races in Monaco and Canada. In Baku which took place in between the Monaco and Canada races, Sainz, and teammate Charles Leclerc both suffered a DNF preventing the 27-year -old from securing three podiums in a row for the Scuderia.
After narrowly missing out on a win in Montreal to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Sainz stated the he believes that the Silverstone circuit will present challenges similar to those he experienced on the Circuit de Barcelona- Catalunya where he finished fourth earlier this season.
"Yeah, I'm a bit more excited, not only from Canada, but also Baku, Monaco, I've had a few decent weekends in the car now," Sainz said
"I think Silverstone is going to represent more of a challenge, because it's closer to what Barcelona was, which is the circuit that I've struggled the most up until now.
However, the Spanish driver feels that the Silverstone track will serve as a good reference point for calculating the progress that he has made in the F1-75 till this point in the season.
"So I think it's going to be a good reference for me to see how much I've moved on, and how much have I really improved with this car. Because definitely since Monaco I felt a lot closer and a lot more comfortable with the car."
In 2021, Sainz placed fifth in the drivers' championship, ahead of Leclerc who finished in seventh. Now in his second year with Ferrari, Sainz has expressed that although has an immense desire for his maiden win in F1, he knows he must remain patient.
"I want it more than anyone in the paddock, and I know a lot of people want that win also for me," he said.
"But I can tell you that in the times that I've come close, I've pushed flat out, and I've tried everything I could to get it. And I think I need to stay patient, I don't need to chase it, and I think it will come."
Looking ahead to the current driver’s championship, Sainz admitted that battling the drivers at top is not on his mind after enduring three DNFs this season. The Ferrari driver instead revealed that his approach to the reminder of the season consists of focusing on a race-by-race basis that focuses on podiums and wins.
"I don't look at the title fight too much," he said. "Mainly because I did fall away very early in the season with my two zeros, they were consecutive, and then another zero in Baku.
"Honestly, it put me quite far behind but if I focus on winning races, I think that will put me back in the fight.
"So my focus is going into race-by-race trying to be in the podium in every race trying to win them, and let's see where that puts me going into 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 and win that first one, then if not be in the podium in all of them, and then be consistent, go back to being the consistent Carlos that I've been in my recent years in F1, and then that should put me back on top."