In the round-up: Carlos Sainz Jnr said that he believes Ferrari’s internal struggle to prepare for 2022 is

In brief

Sainz: 2022 title challenge more important than taking third from McLaren

Ferrari will go into the summer break ahead of McLaren in the constructors’ championship if Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification is not overturned. But Sainz, who took third for the team in Hungary, said their priority is elsewhere.

“That battle is still on and it’s always going to be on until the end of the season, I think, because we are very close in performance,” said Sainz in Hungary.

“But as a team, we have higher priorities than beating McLaren to third in the constructors. I think we want to keep improving as a team and we want to keep building this this team to try and be as professional and as good, as complete as we can, for the opportunity to come next year to go and win the title [then] we are ready for it.

“So first comes the improvements as a team and then really the other one should fall as a consequence. But we are not really obsessed with the fight and we are focussed fully on trying to improve on trying to to be the best thing that we can be before the end of the season.”

Berlin finale to punish tyres

The Formula E season will come to an end in Berlin in two weekends’ time, albeit under less extreme circumstances than last year’s six races in nine days around the former Templehof airport circuit.

With track construction already underway, teams are looking ahead to a rapid-fire track reversal between the ‘conventional’ layout on Saturday and the reverse for Sunday’s rounds, with over half the grid still in reasonable title contention and an astonishing 18 drivers mathematically in the running.

NIO’s Tom Blomqvist, who drove the final round of last year’s finale for Jaguar, said Tempelhof tends to play to the strengths of particular cars. “It’s a track where it is slightly difficult to make a difference, it’s a unique surface, very hard on tyres and super-hard on energy.”

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