Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals
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Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals

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Although Ferrari's chances of title glory in 2022 have evaporated, chairman John Elkann expects the team to have chalked up both championships by 2026. Both require drivers to play the team game and, having now become more comfortable with the F1-75, Carlos Sainz may be Ferrari's key to title glory

Ferrari has almost nothing left to fight for over the remainder of the 2022 Formula 1 season. After wins for Charles Leclerc in Bahrain and Australia that offered so much promise, genuine shots at the drivers' and constructors' championship crowns have been snuffed out through engine unreliability, crashes, poor pitstops, silly strategy, and Red Bull's potency.

Now that Imola and Monza have come and gone, there's not even the consolation prize of a home victory. What's more, prior to the summer break, team principal Mattia Binotto reckoned there was "no reason" why the Scuderia couldn't win all remaining races. Now, it seems fair to ask whether a Ferrari driver will take to the top step of the podium again with six rounds to go as Max Verstappen chases his sixth win in succession this weekend in Singapore.

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