Carlos Sainz says he feels better at the wheel of Ferrari’s 2023 car, especially on race day, but the Spaniard remains concerned by the SF-23’s “limited” performance level.

Ferrari has endured a dismal start to its campaign this season, with Sainz’s fourth-place finish in the opening round in Bahrain representing the team’s best result year-to-date.

A crucial lack of pace in race trim coupled with reliability issues have undermined the Scuderia’s results, leaving the Italian outfit well adrift from the dominant position it enjoyed twelve months ago following Charles Leclerc’s two wins in the first three races of 2022.

“In a way, I miss 2022 because at least we knew I had a car under my belt that was able to win races and pole positions,” Sainz said in Melbourne last weekend.


While Ferrari did indeed have a winning car on its hands last season, Sainz was comprehensively outpaced by Leclerc in the early part of the season as he struggled to come to grips with the team’s machine.

“This year, the feeling of the car is a bit better – especially in the races,” he added.

“I’m not struggling with anything in particular on the driving side, it’s that I haven’t put together any good laps yet, any good qualifying laps. I haven’t done a good job in quali.

“The races, I’ve done pretty much what the car can do right now, which is not a lot.

“But yeah I’m just waiting to see if the upgrades improve the feeling, improve how we are able to race with the car because at the moment we are very limited.”

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