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Sainz admits under-driving to a void “stupid mistakes”

Carlos Sainz of Spain and Ferrari walks in the Paddock during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 26, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

New Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz admits he’s not driving the car at 100-percent as he gains more experience with his new machine.

Speaking after both practice sessions on Friday, Sainz said he’s not as comfortable with his Ferrari yet as he was in the McLaren he drove for the last two years.

“If you compare this to the McLaren, when the wind changed, I perfectly knew what the car was goind to do,” said Sainz. “So I could anticipate myself and extract it, always independently of the conditions, 95 to 100% of the car.

“When you switch teams and cars, as soon as the conditions change, you don’t know how the car is going to react. So you are always under-driving a bit, you don’t want to do stupid mistakes and you want to stay a bit below the limit of the car because you don’t know how the car is going to react.

“You need to stay mentally disciplined because you don’t want to give too many comments regarding balance because you are also probably underdriving a bit.”

Sainz said he managed to “adapt well” in-between Friday’s practice sessions, but admits things could quickly change by Saturday.

“Today I managed to adapt well in between the sessions. I managed to feel reasonably at home in the car. But tomorrow could be a completely different story.”

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