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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc backs Sainz to come good in 2022

Despite acknowledging that Ferrari's SF-75 particularly suits his driving style, Charles Leclerc says teammate Carlos Sainz will soon feel at ease with the car.

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Charles Leclerc has backed teammate Carlos Sainz to come good in 2022, saying it's only a matter of time before the Spaniard gets to grips with the F1-75.

Leclerc acknowledged that the handling characteristics of Ferrari's challenger suited his driving style, but expressed confidence that Sainz would also soon become comfortable with it.

"I like the way the car handles and the balance of the car through corner eight, so it's a bit more of a pointy car this year," Leclerc told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"The rear moves around quite a lot more, and this seems to fit my driving style a little bit better.

"But I'm sure that it's only a matter of time before Carlos gets at ease with this car."

Sainz slipping back after promising 2021

Moving from McLaren to Ferrari last year, Sainz showed well against the highly-rated Leclerc, and even outscored his much-vaunted teammate by 164.5 points to 159 in a car that was not capable of fighting for race wins.

However, with the Scuderia competing at the front in 2022, Leclerc has firmly established himself as the team's main driver, with two wins in the first three races of the season.

By contrast, Sainz has yet to score his maiden Grand Prix victory, and has generally been overshadowed by Leclerc so far this year.

The Spaniard also suffered an embarrassing moment during the Australian Grand Prix when he spun off on Lap 2.

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