Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto believes that Carlos Sainz has proven that he is capable of competing for race wins.
Sainz was close to getting his maiden F1 race victory last Sunday in Canada. The Spaniard was putting pressure on Max Verstappen until the very end of the race, but crossed the finish line right behind the Red Bull driver.
Nevertheless, Binotto was delighted with Sainz’s performance in Montreal.
“It has been a very good race and I think race by race he’s gaining confidence, improving his driving and being faster and faster and he is happy, he’s more relaxed,” he said.
“I’m pretty sure that he will prove in the next races now that he is a contender as well, for the win on a single race. I’m pretty happy the way he drove and it’s important for us as the Scuderia that we can count on him as well, to know that he can be very fast.”
At the same time, Binotto admitted that Sainz should improve qualifying performance.
“To win with such a close fight with Red Bull and Max, you need to be perfect on the entire weekend. And if anything, maybe the qualifying was not perfect from Carlos. That cost him a bit maybe because being ahead or chasing certainly it’s a different matter.”