Almost 28 years and no victory in Formula 1. Strange track record for a theoretically candidate for the title. Yet Carlos Sainz he started this 2022 with the belief that he can beat Charles Leclerc again. The Ferrari F1-75, however, is more suited to the driving style of the Monegasque. So, even if we pretend that Max Verstappen does not exist, the Spaniard’s chances of winning the title have fallen sharply in the first third of the season, where he has accumulated a few mistakes too many. According to Nico Rosberg, Smooth Operator it is not title material.
“He proved to be a good driver for Ferrari, but right now he doesn’t have what it takes to become a world champion. It is simply a question of performance: Leclerc has managed to beat him in practically every race this season. I think Carlos still has to make a lot of progress to be on the same level as Charles“, These are his words to Sky Sports Uk. “He is currently quite far from his team-mate and I have to say that in some ways I wasn’t expecting that, considering how it went last year. However, with the regulation changes, the cars have been revolutionized, and Sainz may need more time to get used to this Ferrari. The problem for Ferrari is that Verstappen is in an impressive state of form. He is confident, he drives at a crazy level and has been perfect in very difficult circumstances such as in qualifying in the wet or in the race, under the pressure of Sainz. And it is difficult to manage certain attacks after you have been doing great all weekend and only the Virtual Safety Car has put a Ferrari behind you with three DRS zones to defend against. It was enough to make even a small mistake to lose the race, and instead Max managed to manage the pressure perfectly“.
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