Ferrari Drivers Imagine They Can Beat McLaren
Ferrari and McLaren are anticipated to have an edgy battle within the Constructors’ Championship this Method One season. McLaren completed P3 final season whereas Ferrari endured its worst season in 40 years to finish on P6. In the course of the pre-season testing, it got here forth that McLaren had made fairly a progress whereas Ferrari was additionally over its engine points that plagued it final season. Within the first race of the season (Bahrain Grand Prix), McLaren and Ferrari had been shut as soon as extra with Lando Norris (McLaren) completed fourth whereas Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc completed on the sixth spot. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Carlo Sainz Jr of Ferrari additionally ended up within the seventh and eighth place, respectively.
“It’s encouraging as a result of final 12 months I do not forget that with that automotive (McLaren) I handed Charles (Leclerc) pretty simple, so I keep in mind how massive the distinction between the McLaren and Ferrari was and the way shut I used to be to overtaking Ricciardo on the finish. I feel I had a a lot better tempo than Daniel in the direction of the tip of the race. We had been catching at greater than half a second per lap and there are optimistic indicators,” Sainz mentioned, who was within the Ferrari for the primary time.
“There’s an enormous step in comparison with final 12 months and now it’s a matter of preserve refining the small print, preserve working exhausting again in Maranello and preserve bettering. We’ve accomplished actually an excellent step and now we need to take the following steps. However as (crew principal) Mattia (Binotto) mentioned, this 12 months shall be extra centered on subsequent 12 months. However I’m inspired. Actually, I’m pleased with what I’ve seen, I’m pleased with my feeling with the automotive to be the primary race and I can see a optimistic begin,” he Sainz.
Leclerc was additionally hopeful and mentioned, “If I take a look at the place we had been final 12 months at precisely the identical place, there was good progress. So certainly we need to be combating for the win very, very quickly. However realistically and truthfully, we’ve accomplished an amazing job to catch that and now be nearer to McLaren not less than and combating with them within the race, so let’s see at Imola.”