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Sainz points to Red Bull and suggests Ferrari concept change

Carlos Sainz believes Ferrari need to join Mercedes in changing their car concept, following the dominant performance advantage seen by Red Bull so far in 2023.

Carlos Sainz has called on Ferrari to address the "concept problem" with their 2023 car, following Red Bull's strong start to the Formula 1 season. After the drop-off in their 2022 championship battle, Ferrari had been expected to provide a greater challenge to Red Bull in 2023, but have so far been unable to finish on the podium in the first two races. Mercedes' lack of frontrunning pace prompted them to declare that they will pursue a different design direction, particularly after seeing Aston Martin leap towards the front of the grid with a car bearing similarities to the Red Bull.

With Ferrari currently fourth in the Constructors' Championship, Sainz was asked if the team's issues are related to setup or car concept. "When someone has such a big advantage like Red Bull has, it's confirmed that it is a concept problem," Sainz told media. "Red Bull were right and we weren't. We carried ourselves a bit with last year's car, which was very fast on one lap pace. "At the end of the year we could already see that on race pace was a step behind from RB. And this year, with the regulation changes, it's clear that has been worse for our concept, and probably we need to look somewhere else."

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