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Carlos Sainz

Sainz makes Ferrari admission amid Mercedes and McLaren challenge

Ferrari has struggled to match Mercedes and McLaren in the tight development war behind Red Bull.

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Carlos Sainz has claimed Ferrari are "not where we want to be" amid the tight development war behind Red Bull.

The team has failed to bring updates to their car which have made a significant impact on their ability to challenge Red Bull.

Charles Leclerc managed to salvage a podium for the team at the Belgian Grand Prix, owing to the tyre problems faced by McLaren throughout the race.

Their chances were also helped when Carlos Sainz made race-ending contact with Oscar Piastri at the start.

When asked which team he thinks is the fastest behind Red Bull by media, including RacingNews365, Sainz said: "According to the last two races McLaren, I think on average Mercedes, and if not us or Aston Martin."

Sainz: Last two weekends a surprise

Sainz concedes Ferrari has now fallen behind and are in a race to catch up, as they look to improve their fortunes in the second part of the season.

"I think we are definitely not where we want to be," he said.

"We had a couple of strong weekends, Canada and Austria, where we looked to be in the right direction.

"The last two have been a bit of a surprise, especially to see how Mercedes and McLaren have made a couple of big steps and putting themselves ahead of us.

"And now it's all over again, develop the car and try to get yourself back in front. When you are not as quick as you want to be, it's easier to make mistakes and be less consistent."


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