Carlos Sainz is looking to emulate Real Madrid's dramatic comeback against Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals as he seeks to fight back following a poor start to the season with Ferrari.
The Spaniard, an avid supporter of Los Blancos, has endured troubles with the team this season and was eliminated from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on the opening lap last time out after being hit by McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo.
That disappointment came on what should have been a great weekend for Ferrari and Sainz, in the team's home Grand Prix and Sainz's first race since signing a contract extension, but the outcome saw him slip further behind in the title chase.
Sat fifth in the standings, 48 points behind teammate Charles Leclerc at the top of the championship, Sainz needs a mammoth response but is no worrying yet as he pointed out Real's dramatic comeback in midweek shows 'everything can change'.
“I think it is more about a clean weekend more than anything else. The last two races I’ve been quicker in pure pace than the first two but the results have been worse. I was quite unlucky in Imola too, things out of my control, but [there are still] 19 races and like Real showed in sport everything can change in a matter of minutes. I’m still positive about it and I just need a clean weekend to get my season going," he said.
Real were on the brink of elimination from the Champions League heading into the final six minutes of injury time at the Santiago Bernabeu but two goals in a matter of minutes from Rodrygo sent the match into extra time, where a spot in the final against Liverpool was secured by a Karim Benzema penalty.
Unfortunately for Sainz, while he's looking to emulate that turnaround in the races ahead, he admitted to Sky Sports that he missed the dramatic conclusion to the Champions League semi-final.
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"I was in the middle of a Shelby power event, they were able to put in a TV for me because they know how big a fan I am of Real Madrid. I watched quite a lot of the match but I actually missed the last five minutes, which was the two goals. You can imagine how depressed I was for missing them but, at the same time, how excited I was."
Sainz also outlined his expectations for how the car will perform this weekend in Miami, saying: "I think that we should do well. We have a car that can do well everywhere but, at the same time, it looks like a different Grand Prix with different tarmac, a different type of corners, a lot of new challenges ahead and we need to get it right."
Ferrari hold a slender 11-point lead in the Constructor's Championship following their disappointment at Imola, where rivals Red Bull picked up maximum points with a 1-2 finish, with Max Verstappen also winning the Sprint and picking up the fastest lap.
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