“We needed a blank sheet of paper,” Carlos Sainz describes how Ferrari used regulations changes to its advantage

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz has insisted the team needed the "blank sheet of paper" of F1's new regulations to get back to the top of the sport as the team look set to win their 17th Constructors title in 2022.

Scuderia Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz
Scuderia Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz

Ferrari continues their great start to the season by dominating the charts on Day 1 of the 2022 Australian Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have proved that the Scuderia possess the best machinery in the grid and the changes in circuits won’t get the better of the Italians.

Ferrari’s strongest days post the 2010’s era were under Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikonnen as the team challenged Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes for the championship. The team finished 2nd but slumped in form and development during the 2020 and 2021 seasons. 

With the new regulations in place, Ferrari managed to craft the best car and Carlos Sainz believes, this was the fresh start the team needed. The team look like they are the strongest in the grid and the Spaniard believes, that the “reset has given us the opportunity and we’ve used it in a very good way.”

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Carlos Sainz describes how Ferrari rebuilt itself after a slump

Charles Leclerc with teammate Carlos Sainz at the Bahrain Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc with teammate Carlos Sainz at the Bahrain Grand Prix

New regulations have always had a significant impact on the sport. Post regulation changes in 2009 and 2014, both Red Bull and Mercedes embarked on a dominating legacy in the sport. Red Bull won the constructors for 4 years on the trot from 2009 to 2013 and Mercedes took their tally to 8 between 2014 and 2021. Carlos Sainz says the new regulations have had a significant influence in the resurgence of Ferrari.

Sainz explained“It’s been a few tough years for Ferrari and these tough years, we’ve used them to rebuild a bit the team in the internal side of it, to try and make ourselves stronger, become better at what we do. We’ve used the regulation change of having to start from zero, and a blank piece of paper like we’ve done this year, to use this, this improvement in the way we work to put it into practice and suddenly be back at the top.

He added, “I’ve always believed that Ferrari had the right people and the right mindset to be where we are right now. But we needed a blank sheet of paper because Red Bull and Mercedes with the previous regulations, they just had a very big advantage on the rest of the field and we felt like that gap was very difficult to cut back without a reset. This reset has given us the opportunity and we’ve used it in a very good way.”

Mattia Binotto had earlier revealed that the Scuderia chose to forego their 2021 car to develop the 2022 contender. And with the Italian outfit leading the 2022 standings comfortably in a prevailing form, Ferrari seems to be on the prowl for their 17th Constructors title win this season.

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