Carlos Sainz is confident that Max Verstappen will not win the remaining 10 Grands Prix this year.
World Champion Verstappen has won 10 of the first 12 races in 2023, including eight straight from Miami to Belgium - and can equal Sebastian Vettel and Alberto Ascari's [excluding his Indy 500 absence] all-time record tally of nine consecutive wins if he takes victory in his home Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort this weekend.
By contrast, Sainz is yet to score a podium finish in what has been a below-par season for Ferrari and sits seventh in the Drivers' standings with a best finish of fourth in the Bahrain opener.
Despite Verstappen looking unstoppable and Red Bull threatening to become the first team to win every single Grand Prix in a season, Sainz remains confident there will be an opportunity to deny the Milton Keynes-based squad a clean sweep.
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"I don't fully believe that Max is going to win every weekend," Sainz told media including RacingNews365.
"I know [the media] see it in a very drastic and dramatic way.
"Obviously I know what my chances and probabilities are [to win], but there is still a probability that Ferrari can win a race this season and that I can be there to win it.
"No one is perfect and hopefully at some point during the season, Red Bull make a mistake and I go into every weekend thinking that I need to be there to grab it.
"That is my mentality and my focus is trying to be there for any given opportunity because even in the most dominant years of Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari, there was always one race where you could make the difference or something would happen.
"As a driver, especially in these kinds of years, you live on this type of motivation and thinking.
"If not, I have plenty of motivation to fight for podiums, for top fives.
"I love Formula 1 and I love going to race every weekend with Ferrari and love the opportunity to develop this year's car, give feedback and see the impact that I can have on next year's car.
"This is also what a driver lives for and I love that challenge."