Carlos Sainz explains that the Singapore Grand Prix could be “the toughest race of the year” due to porpoising and Marina Bay’s bumpy surface.
Formula 1’s original night race returns to the calendar for the first time since 2019 after a Covid-19 enforced three-year hiatus.
The Ferrari driver also admitted said that keeping consistent could be a challenge during the 61-lap race and said: “I think it’s going to be the toughest race of the year, and I think it’s going to be a huge challenge to put the lap together in Qualifying and to be consistent in the race with the amount of bouncing and ride there is.
“I think it’s going to be a tough race both mentally and physically with the bumps and the bouncing."
Sainz has endured a mixed campaign with a victory at the British Grand Prix being marred by clumsy driving mistake in Australia and three other retirements.
Ferrari have floundered in 2022 squandering a competitive car with a multitude of operational errors and mechanical failures.
The Italian team currently sit second in the Constructors’ Championship 139 points behind Red Bull with six races remaining.
The Ferrari F1-75 has been very inconsistent in both races and qualifying over the course of the season.
Sainz said that more data needs to be gathered to get to the root of the issue but progress has been made in recent times: “We don’t know basically the final conclusions from where the race pace is coming from and going, I think we need more samples.
“We need to keep improving, for sure the car was better this weekend both in race trim and qualy trim so I think we’ve taken a step forward in getting to know that and that knowledge.
“But I’m also sure that we will face tougher situations than others and we need to react well.”
Sainz has a chequered history in Singapore having scored points on three of his five visits with a best result of fourth place in 2017 for Toro Rosso.