"It is important for us to be strong in the third sector, while in the first two we will see how much we are losing from McLaren. We will see if we can be ahead of him in qualifying." Carlos Sainz is expected from a weekend in Sochi where he will be Ferrari's first striker. The penalty for the change of Power Unit on Charles Leclerc's Red, in fact, puts the Spaniard at the front against the two McLarens. "It will be tighter than in Monza, where they were faster. Here we have more opportunities. We have to fine-tune the set-up, understand the tires and then there's the variable rain. Leclerc's penalty puts a lot in my hands, but I hope that Charles will also be able to fight for the Top 10. We are at a disadvantage with McLaren, I too will have to take a penalty and therefore there will already be two races in which we will have to pay something.They have the advantage in the standings, they have a car perhaps more consistently at the top in qualifying, but we will try in every way, even if it will be a difficult fight. "
"My goal - adds the Spanish Ferrari driver - is to have a clean weekend, push and experiment with set-ups for the car. I still make mistakes, different from each other, so I feel I'm still in the process of making But I feel that this period is coming to an end, I'm not far off. After the crash in Holland I did two good qualifying and I'm satisfied with that. "