Ferrari started 2022 (and had for the most part of the season) with the fastest car in Formula 1, with 10 pole positions out of 16 rounds so far. But its title hopes were dashed spectacularly on by the middle of the season, due to a combination of poor reliability, strategy blunders and driver errors.
But according to Carlos Sainz – speaking to MotorLAT and selected media after the Italian GP – the team is still “young” and learning from its mistakes along the way. He also praised its ability to come back to form after two difficult seasons in 2020 and 2021 regarding car performance:
“It’s a good reaction from a team that is maturing, and is learning a lot from this difficult year. A team that has done a massive step compared to last year in terms of putting yourself back into winning contention, but we’re still doing mistakes, we’re still learning.”
After a rocky start to the year, with crashes in Melbourne and Imola, and a general lack of pace compared to team-mate Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz started to take control of his season, scoring his first ever pole position and race win at the British GP in July, and grabbing a podium finish in Spa-Francorchamps. The general pace deficit to Leclerc has significantly reduced as well.
Sainz emphasized the progress made this season, despite all the problems, and how the knowledge it can get from the last six races of 2022 will help the team to be stronger, looking ahead to next season and beyond:
“With the team, we are young and we’re working together, and I think there’s been progress this year, and even though it’s a difficult second half of the season, I think we’re gonna take a lot of knowledge in the last few races.”
The Spaniard is currently sitting in 5th place in the drivers’ championship, with 187 points, 32 less than his team-mate and second-placed driver Charles Leclerc.