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Carlos Sainz

Sainz ranks personal improvement amid Ferrari struggles

Sainz is yet to score a podium this year but has noticed some improvements

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Carlos Sainz has described where he feels he has improved for the current Formula 1 campaign.

The Spaniard is enduring his third season at the Ferrari stable, one which is proving to be a difficult one for the team.

Having returned to the top step last year after two difficult seasons, Ferrari entered the current campaign hopeful of competing more consistently at the front of the field.

But the Scuderia struggled for pace early on as tyre degradation issues hit and currently sits fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, with Sainz yet to score a podium.

Despite the ongoing struggles, Sainz highlighted that there are areas in which he felt he has improved personally.

When asked to rank his year so far on a scale from one to five, he told media including RacingNews365.com: “I don't do numbers like these. I never do because that is the headline.

“Good: I think I'm driving well. I think I've done a step forward compared to last year with my feeling with the car, with the setup, with the preparation.

“Not good: The results and the consistency haven't been as great as it's been in the past. So it's clearly what we need to focus on working [on].”

Ferrari to use summer break to 'reset'

F1 is currently midway through its annual mid-season break that takes place in August.

The time offers teams and drivers to relax ahead of the second half of the campaign, with 10 races left to run this year.

“I think the break is going to do everyone good," added Sainz.

"But I think especially for us, [it allows us] to reset the expectations the challenges that we have ahead.

“We will need to use that to our advantage.”


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