Carlos Sainz says that he hopes the Formula 1’s impending rules and regulations overhaul for 2022 will put drivers back at the heart of the sport.
Coming off the back of two strong seasons with McLaren, Sainz is heading off to Ferrari to start a new chapter alongside Charles Leclerc.
But the team is unlikely to be challenging for victories let alone titles next season given the superiority of Mercedes and Red Bull, and Sainz says this illustrates the sport’s biggest problem.
“What I wish is that Formula 1 in the future has a closer grid in order to allow the driver to create more of a difference,” he told Motorsport.com.
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“As you arrive to F1, you very quickly realise it’s very difficult to beat any guy who has a car that is three tenths quicker than you,” he explained.
“As a driver, you’re fighting for the last two tenths with your teammate. That’s been the case with all my team mates – you’re just two tenths up, or two tenths down.
“But then when someone out-qualifies you by 1.5s, then you know that you are not really competing with him. I wish that we can close the group up together.”