Carlos Sainz Jnr has taken notice of the improvements Ferrari have made in recent events, with just three races to go before he joins the team.
Sainz said he’s “very encouraged” by the progress his future team have made.
“It’s been a good few months for them. I think they’ve demonstrated that they’ve probably found a bit the issues that they had at the beginning of the year. They probably were the ones especially not happy about it and they’ve shown good character turning a difficult season around.
“I’m encouraged to see that and I cannot wait to find out what and why they’ve changed. But there’s a few races left still with McLaren and plenty to do here still.”
Teams will have only three days of testing with their new cars before the 2021 F1 season begins, meaning as little as a day and a half per driver. Sainz said he would be open to testing a two-year-old Ferrari in order to have more time in the car.
“I can already tell you that one day and a half in a Formula 1 car, in these complex Formula 1 cars, is not enough to prepare a Formula 1 season. You don’t get to know the tricks of the car, the steering wheel, even though you do a lot of simulator. To get to know the crew, everyone, one day and a half is just very, very little and probably not enough.
“But it’s what it is so we will have to adapt and we will need to find a way to make sure we are as prepared as possible within the limits of one day and a half.”
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