Ferrari Informs Carlos Sainz They Are In a Safe Space for 2023; He Is Trying To Hope It’s ‘Not a Lie’

Tanish Chachra
|Published March 16, 2023

Ferrari’s 2023 campaign started with a performance that clearly didn’t serve their expectations. Carlos Sainz finished behind the podium places after being outclassed by his compatriot Fernando Alonso in Aston Martin.

On the other hand, Charles Leclerc had to retire after losing power. It has recently emerged that Ferrari has exhausted both of his permitted electronics control units over the entirety of the season and will be allocating him a third unit for the Saudi Arabian GP. In exchange, he must serve a 10-place grid penalty on Sunday.

Considering Ferrari’s misfortunes over the fortnight, the Tifosi would be worried about their team’s dipping prospects this season. However, Carlos Sainz has given an unconvincing assurance, where even he hopes it comes out to be true.

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Ferrari claims to be in a safe space, claimed Carlos Sainz

The Spanish race driver appeared for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix’s press conference on Thursday and discussed where Ferrari is heading following the first race of 2023. Sainz disclosed Ferrari is giving him repeated assurances for the rest of the season.

“I think they’ve given enough reassurances to say we are in a safe place right now. Time will tell, but I’m confident they aren’t lying to us and they are putting together a safe event. I think it’s a great circuit for F1 and the [Saudi] fan base keeps growing,” said Sainz.

The 28-year-old race driver is currently ahead of his teammate in the drivers’ standings after completing the season’s first round. But he would be hoping for better results for his team as they ideally should be striking for the championship, and under the current setup, it’s unlikely they can topple Red Bull.

Ferrari under vacuum threat

With the change of leadership, Fred Vasseur has to deal with the changing dynamics of the team. If relying on reports, Ferrari is going through personnel crises for multiple reasons.

The first reason is Vasseur wants to bring in some changes to a few of the key positions in the team. On the other hand, a few engineers are withdrawing their services. David Sanchez, head of the vehicle concept, has reportedly resigned from Ferrari and is linked with a rival team.

Thus, with such a prominent departure, chaos has ensued over Ferrari’s aero development over the season. Yet, Ferrari has ensured Sainz that the team is in a safe space.

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Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra is the Motorsport editor at The SportsRush. He saw his first race when F1 visited India in 2011, and since then, his romance with the sport has been seasonal until he took up this role in 2020. Reigniting F1's coverage on this site, Tanish has fallen in love with the sport all over again. He loves Kimi Raikkonen and sees a future world champion in Oscar Piastri. Away from us, he loves to snuggle inside his books.

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