Carlos Sainz Jr says it is “way too early” to judge how strong Ferrari will be once he joins in 2021 despite its poor start to the Formula 1 season.
Current McLaren driver Sainz agreed a deal back in May to join Ferrari for the 2021 season, replacing four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
The move looked like a step towards the front of the grid for Sainz, only for Ferrari to make a difficult start to the 2020 season.
Vettel and Sainz’s future team-mate, Charles Leclerc, both failed to outqualify either McLaren last weekend in Austria, and have been losing around one second per lap to the front-running Mercedes cars.
The Ferrari SF1000 will be raced again next year as part of a cost-saving drive by F1, with only limited development allowed on the car and the engine.
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