Carlos Sainz feels his battle with team-mate Charles Leclerc could be a “very close” one, but knows he needs to quickly adapt to his new car.

Sainz arrived at Ferrari to join up with Leclerc, who heads into his third season with the Scuderia, and with a reduced testing period to get used to his new car, many predict the Spaniard will be second to Leclerc.

But the former McLaren driver feels that, if he has a good opening weekend in Bahrain, he could really take the fight to his Monegasque team-mate.

On their battle, Sainz told Sky Italy: “I don’t know.

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