In the round-up: Carlos Sainz Jnr says Ferrari must get both cars on the podium this weekend to ensure Mercedes do not overtake them for second place
Ferrari needs a double podium to ward off Mercedes for second – Sainz
Carlos Sainz Jnr says Ferrari must get both cars on the podium this weekend to ensure Mercedes do not overtake them for second place in the constructors’ championship.
Ferrari head into the final race in Abu Dhabi this weekend with a 19 point advantage over Mercedes after dropping 21 points to their rivals last weekend in Brazil after George Russell and Lewis Hamilton secured their first victory and one-two of the season. Sainz says he is confident that Ferrari can have a good result against Mercedes this weekend.
“I think in Austin I could have fought for the win and, in Brazil, Merc had the edge, but with a clean weekend, starting P2 and all that, I think we could have fought for the win,” Sainz explained. “So we’re focused on repeating that.
“It’s not going to be an easy thing for them. We just need to focus on getting the two cars up there in the podium places and then nothing will happen. But if they dominate the weekend, they do a one-two, then there is where it starts getting complicated, because it means we need to finish third and fourth. So it also depends on their competitiveness. But I believe that we can also finish the year on a high.”
Ricciardo accepts Abu Dhabi ‘could be last grand prix’
Daniel Ricciardo admits that this weekend’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix could turn out to be his final race of his Formula 1 career.
The McLaren driver will leave the team after this weekend after the team terminated his contract a year early due to consistently disappointing results. Ricciardo does not have a seat on the grid for next season, with all driver line-ups for the ten teams all but officially confirmed.
“Mentally, I’m not treating it like it’s going to be my last ever race – but it could be,” Ricciardo admitted. “Like, I know that nothing is guaranteed in the future. So I’m just kind of going out to enjoy it.
“I’m not going to get too emotional about the thought of ‘oh is it the last one or not’. But I do want to enjoy it and just take it for what it is. I’ve got a grid penalty. I normally go better when I have penalties – I actually asked for a five place penalty, but three will do.”
Correa surprised to have F2 return so soon
Juan Manuel Correa says that despite working hard for an opportunity to return to Formula 2 racing after he was injured in a serious accident three years ago, he did not expect the chance to come so soon.
Correa will compete in his first F2 race this weekend in Abu Dhabi since the 2019 Spa feature race where he suffered serious leg injuries from a horrific accident in which fellow driver Anthoine Hubert lost his life. He will race for Van Amersfoort Racing and said it was something he had been working hard to achieve since recovering from his injuries.
“I’m not surprised because it’s what I’ve been working for the last three years,” Correa said. “I’m delighted to be here.
“I’m surprised to be back here this year, because obviously it’s the end of the season and this opportunity came at the last moment. So just happy to be here. I do see my future in F2, on a longer-term basis, for next year. It’s no secret that I’ve been working hard to get a seat for next year. And for me to be here this weekend is definitely a big step in the right direction for that goal.”
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