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Carlos Sainz

Sainz reflects amid Binotto rumours: Rome wasn't built in a day

With speculation remaining over Mattia Binotto's future at Ferrari, Carlos Sainz has given his take on the situation at Ferrari.

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Carlos Sainz has stated that "Rome wasn't built in a day" amid continued rumours over Mattia Binotto's future at Ferrari.

Italian media outlets Sky Sport and Corriere della Sera recently reported that Binotto and the Scuderia had agreed to separate, with Binotto said to have resigned as Team Principal.

This follows on from prior speculation in Italian media, which the team were forced to deny earlier in November regarding Binotto's position at the team.

After the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Sainz was asked for his thoughts on the situation, and whether he would prefer change or stability within the outfit.

Sainz reflects on Ferrari situation

"I'm not going to get into what I prefer [or what] I don't prefer," Sainz told Sky Sports F1.

"I just know that, from experience, Rome wasn't built in a day, and you need to take into account where we're coming [from].

"If you see the progress that we've done as a team in these last two seasons, it's huge, and the team is working well.

"We are very [self-critical behind] closed doors. Probably towards the public, we are protecting each individual of the team and we are having this famous no blame culture, where we want to, obviously, protect everyone.

"We are, I think, doing a great job at that, but it is true that we've done plenty of mistakes this year and that we want to be a better team. But as I said, it doesn't come from one year to another and we need to keep improving.

"I think [during] the second half of the season, we've been a bit better at everything. We just didn't develop enough."

Where Sainz feels Ferrari can improve in 2023

In terms of what Ferrari need to improve on further in 2023, Sainz believes there are some key areas to work on.

"I think it's very simple," the Spaniard continued.

"I think we need to be better at executing races, whether that's the start like, for example, me. This year, we've had a problem with an inherent problem in the car that doesn't allow us to start well.

"I had a problem in the clutch all weekend [in Abu Dhabi] and it cost me a position to Lewis [Hamilton], which meant then I had five seconds, six seconds of race time that I lost in that crazy fight I had with him.

"The second point is obviously strategy, and getting the right goals and the right tyres [onto] the car on Sunday.

"This is something that we're working on for next year, and then there's the development. If we want to beat Mercedes and Red Bull, we need to develop more than them."

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