Carlos Sainz Jnr says the Belgian Grand Prix weekend showed Ferrari need to make a lot of progress with their power unit.Ferrari were the only team who lapped slower than they did in 2019.
Sainz, who will joined the team from McLaren next year, said: “Clearly Ferrari is the first one that is not happy right now. I think you could see clearly how much they struggled.”
The team “also had some problems with the overall grip of the car” in qualifying, Sainz added, “but in general, I would say that, yes, they need a very big step on the engine coming.”
However the former Renault driver said he is confident the facilities Ferrari have will allow them to close the gap to their rivals.
“I know how tough it is because it took Renault a few years,” he said. “It’s taken Honda quite a long time also. But the fact that they are nearly there or at least Renault is nearly there, close to Mercedes, also shows that you can do it.
“For me, if there’s a team with facilities, if there’s a team with resources, if there’s a team with a lot of engine benches to try and improve, that’s Ferrari. So I’m sure the now is working flat-out and hopefully by the time I get there they’ve improved a bit and together we can do the next step.”
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