Carlos Sainz has signalled hope that Ferrari can secure a strong result at the Las Vegas Grand Prix this weekend.
The Italian squad remain the only team to beat Red Bull this year after Sainz prevailed in Singapore mid-September.
Ferrari endured a more difficult outing last time out in Brazil with Leclerc retiring on the formation lap with a hydraulics failure while Sainz managed sixth at the chequered flag.
Sainz highlighted that while the first sector of the track may not suit Ferrari, he is confident that the remainder of the layout will suit its car.
“[I have] better hope than recently mainly because the truck looks probably a bit more suited to us than recent tracks,” Sainz told media including RacingNews365.
“Long straights like in Monza, tight corners, like in Monza or Singapore.
“Maybe there's the combination of Turn 1 and 2 where we will not be very quick.
“But then the rest of the track I think our car should be better suited than recent events. And hopefully, that gives us a better opportunity.”
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Sainz added that he hasn't had time to complete a track walk ahead of speaking to media for the weekend but is familiar after tackling the layout on the simulator.
“Honestly, I haven't done the track walk because the timings are just weird this weekend and I don't know when the track is fully free. We kind of missed it a bit.
“But I've done plenty of laps on the simulator. I'm looking forward to seeing the Safety Car going around later this evening to see how much dust there is on track, the bumps.
“Sometimes when you see a Safety Car, you can actually get a bit of a feeling of how slippery is going to be out there.”