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Carlos Sainz

Sainz outlines target after regaining confidence

The Spaniard has outperformed teammate Charles Leclerc in the last two races and hopes to maintain this form going forward.

Sainz Singapore
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Carlos Sainz believes his confidence in the car has enabled him to outperform team-mate Charles Leclerc at race weekends.

The Spaniard finished ahead at both the Dutch and Italian Grands Prix, while he bested Leclerc in two of the three practice sessions for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Ferrari has not brought any significant updates to its car apart from the 'Monza special' wings last time out, with Sainz feeling this has helped him acclimatise himself to the car.

"I'm not sure I've definitely felt good the last few races in the car," he told media, including RacingNews365.

"We are starting to understand it a lot better and making sure that we put the car in the right place in FP1 and it gives you confidence and it's an easier build-up.

"This year I feel like I understand the car a lot better and I'm driving better than last year. It's just maybe the last two, three weekends I’ve managed to put everything together a bit more and it shows in the results."

Sainz's targeting consistency

After getting more comfortable with their current package, Sainz has outlined his targets for the second half of the season.

"The driving and the comfort in the car is good and now, hopefully in the second half of the season," he said.

"My target was to be more consistent and just nail more results, nail more weekends, we can keep doing that like we did in Zandvoort and Monza."

Ferrari did not expect to be on the pace in Singapore, after it showed the most credible threat to Red Bull at the low downforce Monza.

"Normally, up until now, all the high downforce races we've struggled a bit more than the low downforce ones and this is a very long and not long combined corners, they are more sharp corners where our car tends to suffer a bit less," explained Sainz.

"But at the same time, it will be hot, it will be tough on tyres, which we also know can be tricky for us, so let's see."

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