Carlos Sainz has set out his goal of trying to win the World Championship in the 2023 F1 season.
The Spaniard achieved his debut victory in Formula 1 at Silverstone during the 2022 campaign and ended the year P5 in the championship standings.
However, as he enters into his third season as a Ferrari driver, Sainz is determined to take the next step and battle for the title.
"When you drive for Ferrari, and when you are as competitive as obviously I am, the target going into the year has to be to fight for the World Championship and to try to win," Sainz told media, including RacingNews365.com, at the launch of the team's 2023 F1 car.
"This is in the mind not only [of] me, [but] the whole team."
How Sainz is working on title goal
Sainz admits that he has spent time working on ways to achieve his target of winning the title.
"Looking more short-term, it is clear that if you want to be World Champion, you need to be the best driver and you need to be the best team," he explained.
"What I focus on is on that short-term [view of] what can I do? What can the team do to become a better team and [become] the best team on the grid and the best driver on the grid?
"I had very clear things in mind when I went into the winter and thought about it, [I worked] on them, and then obviously [I will] try to execute them this year."
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Sainz more 'confident' for 2023
Ahead of the 2023 season getting underway in Bahrain on 3-5 March, Sainz feels that he has more confidence than in the previous campaign.
"I feel like I'm going to give it my best shot," the 28-year-old said.
"But, whatever happens this year, I feel obviously more confident after last year. I feel more capable, better prepared. I know how it is now to fight at the front, what I need to do, and I feel ready for it.
"But everyone says the same in February. Everyone is World Champion, everyone wants to win and everyone is ready.
"What matters is later on, once the season starts, how you can stay loyal and fair to your ambitions and to your short-term goals."
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