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Why Sainz is confident he can turn his season around 'very quickly'

Carlos Sainz has reflected on his tough start to the 2022 F1 campaign - which has seen him retire from two out of four races - and discussed how he plans to bounce back.

Carlos Sainz is optimistic that "good moments are about to come" as he bids to recover from consecutive retirements at the Australian and Emilia Romagna Grands Prix. Sainz has been in the shadow of Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc since the start of the 2022 season, with the pair experiencing contrasting fortunes in the front-running F1-75. While Leclerc has stormed to two pole positions and victories, and a comfortable championship lead, Sainz has had to settle for a pair of podiums, prior to his aforementioned costly DNFs in Melbourne and Imola.

Sainz draws comparisons to early McLaren struggles

Asked to reflect on his start to the campaign, which leaves him 48 points behind Leclerc, the Spaniard drew comparisons to early spells of misfortune and incidents he encountered across two years at McLaren. "You could do a comparison. Yes. It's similar," Sainz told media, including RacingNews365.com . "I think both years in McLaren, I had a very tough start to the season, and then I had a very good - let's say - three quarters after that, if you want to put a fraction to it. "I think it's part of life, it's part of the sport. You're always going to be in nicer periods, and you're always going to be in periods where things don't go your way."

Sainz knows the confidence and speed is there

Sainz has no doubt that, as soon as he can string a smooth weekend together, he will be in the fight for pole position and victory. "I'm confident that it can turn around very quickly," he went on to comment. "These last two weekends, in Australia and in Imola, the speed has been there and I've been feeling fairly confident, or a step more confident in the car and quicker. "I think as soon as the string of bad luck finishes, the bad run, whatever, the good moments are about to come. "History has proven to me many times now that this is the case in this sport. I just need to stay patient, stay calm in my head and it will come."

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