Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says Carlos Sainz brings a new wave of “fresh air” to the squad.

Sainz joined Ferrari as a replacement for Sebastian Vettel. The Spaniard used to race in McLaren, his seat now taken by Daniel Ricciardo, with Norris staying in the team.

Speaking to Sky Sports about Sainz’ progress inside the team, including his running during pre-season testing, Binotto said that he did “very well.”

“We knew that he was a strong driver – that he would be fast, fast as well on the log stints.

“Bringing some experience because now, even if he’s very young, he’s an experienced driver in F1.

“But I think it’s going very well with Charles, going very well with his team – he has integrated well, [there is] a very positive mood.

“And I think it’s fresh air and sometimes fresh air is required, [that] is what we are looking for. And in that respect [we’re] very happy,” he concluded.

Sainz is still adapting to his new squad. The Spaniard had several trouble moments during pre-season testing, on which he said he was still getting used to the car and exploring its limits, claiming it is “very different” from his previous car in McLaren.

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