Max Verstappen asserted his dominance on the 2022 season after breaking the record for most wins in a season at Mexico.
His Mexico Grand Prix victory was the 14th in the season, with the previous record being 13 wins held jointly by Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.
Carlos Sainz believes this latest milestone in Verstappen's career could've been prevented, had he kept up with teammate Charles Leclerc more consistently at the start of the season.
"You never expect that especially when you have a good car at the beginning," Sainz told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"I wish now that I would have felt a bit more comfortable at the beginning of the season, to make things also a bit more complicated for Max and together we Charles put up a bit more of a fight.
"Max has [had] an amazing season, he deserves it. I think they are dominant, now the Red Bull is starting to be a dominant car. But at the beginning of the season, for sure [that] is where he did a tremendous job.
"My target for next year is to start at the level that I am [at] now, which is a pretty decent level and make things more complicated for Max."
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With Mercedes starting to show pace towards the end of the season, Sainz thinks the team will be another challenger to beat next year and has confidence in Ferrari to build another race-winning car.
"New year, new car, new regs even with the floor, we have another chance and I fully trust that the team will produce another great car like the car that we had this year, and that we will learn from the mistakes done this year.
"I'm ready to fight and looking forward also for Mercedes [as] it looks like they're going to join us at the front."
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