Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc lauded in president’s letter

Ferrari president John Elkann believes the team has the best driver line-up on the grid in Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

Leclerc took victory in Bahrain and both Scuderia drivers have finished on the podium in the first two races of the season, and currently sit as the top two in the Drivers’ Championship at this early stage – a fact which team boss Mattia Binotto admitted himself was “beyond all expectations” at the start of the year.

The team made steady progress in 2021 after a disastrous 2020 campaign, eventually overhauling McLaren to take P3 in the Constructors’ standings, and they have flown out of the blocks in Formula 1’s new era, with Leclerc and Sainz showing themselves to be closely matched in the driving stakes.

Leclerc has held the upper hand at the start of this season, but Sainz pipped his team-mate over the course of the season as a whole last year, setting up a mouth-watering battle between the two this year.

The Ferrari president is pleased with the start the pair have made to the 2022 campaign, and hopes to see them build on the Scuderia’ recovery from last year.

“With five podium results and third place in the Constructors’ Championship [in 2021], the Formula 1 season has produced some encouraging signs,” Elkann wrote in his open letter.

“But now the company is focused on the 2022 challenge, aware that with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz the Scuderia has the best pair of drivers on the grid, who have started the season well.”

Ferrari’s motorsport operation as a whole is also expanding next season, with the Scuderia looking to join the World Endurance Championship’s Hypercar programme, having taken victory in both the GTE Pro and GTE Am class at the Le Mans 24 Hours last year.

 

Elkann reaffirmed the team’s commitment to the series, adding: “Ferrari’s GT season was the best in its history, thanks to the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championship titles in the World Supercars and the victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

“It also announced its eagerly awaited return to the WEC’s major class in 2023 with its Le Mans Hypercar (Lmh) programme, and won a new audience of fans with the Ferrari Esports Series, which saw 35 thousand people participate across Europe.”

 

 

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