Carlos Sainz believes that it is not “impossible” for rival teams to catch Red Bull, despite their domination of Formula 1 so far in 2023.
Ferrari started off their 2022 campaign by winning two of the first four races with Charles Leclerc. It initially looked like they could mount a title challenge, but poor reliability mixed with mistakes ultimately put it in the hands of Max Verstappen and Red Bull.
Verstappen’s win form has continued into this season with five victories out of seven races, leading to questions over whether Red Bull can win every race on the 22-race calendar.
The team are bullish about the prospects of becoming the first team in F1 history to win every race in a season, but Sainz believes it is more likely that rivals will catch up to Red Bull.
“I don’t think it’s impossible. I think there’s a space in the podium in case the two Red Bulls are dominating,” Sainz told media, including RacingNews365.com.
“There’s still that one space that we’re fighting every weekend with, both Charles and me with Fernando [Alonso], Lance [Stroll] and the two Mercedes, it’s a constant fight.”
Sainz: Red Bull on a high level
Ferrari have brought the first updates as part of their aggressive car upgrade plans from the Spanish Grand Prix, which take inspiration from Red Bull’s RB19.
Sainz believes the constant fight for the last podium place will enable teams to catch up to Red Bull.
“Aston has the upper hand and normally are the strongest package come race day, but that’s why we are trying to upgrade our car and trying to become quicker,” the Spaniard said.
“Also there’s been circuits where we’ve managed to bother a bit Red Bull in qualifying.
“But I do think Red Bull are going to stay ahead for some more races before someone can really make them tumble a bit because they are on a very, very high level, and good job to them because they’ve done a very strong car this season.”