Carlos Sainz, currently with Ferrari, foresees that his former team, McLaren, will outpace Ferrari in most of the remaining races in the current season. He pointed out that with a 79-point gap between the two teams and only five rounds remaining, Ferrari’s third-place position in the standings is likely secure.
McLaren has made a strong comeback after a challenging start to the year, accumulating 104 points in their last three races compared to Ferrari’s 70. However, Sainz doesn’t expect McLaren to break into the top three overall standings. He mentioned that despite their competitiveness, Ferrari, with a fast car, could outperform them in several races and be a contender against Red Bull.
Red Bull, led by Max Verstappen, has already clinched both titles this season, with Sainz as the only non-Red Bull driver to secure a victory (in Singapore). McLaren’s Lando Norris, who achieved podium finishes in Qatar, initially felt catching Ferrari was feasible but expressed less confidence in Texas, as different circuit characteristics favor other teams like Mercedes and Ferrari.