He said: "On track for us [in Las Vegas], it was a case of 'what could have been'. The pace of the car was strong. Without the numerous incidents of contact, both Lewis and George would have been challenging for the podium. But that's a case of could have, would have, should have.
"Ferrari have closed the gap in the constructors' to just four points and we're ready to give it our all in Abu Dhabi to come out on top.
"They have shown good form recently, but we know we haven't maximised our performance in the past few races.
"It will be a close fight and hopefully we can finish the season with a strong performance and on the front foot."
Ferrari improved form puts pressure on Mercedes
It’s been difficult for Mercedes in the last couple races, with both George Russell and Lewis Hamilton seemingly struggling with the car as Ferrari have closed the gap.
Ferrari showed their pace again in Las Vegas with Leclerc taking pole and finishing second and Sainz finished sixth after starting 12th following his controversial grid penalty. The Mercedes duo took P7 and P8 respectively, leaving a four-point difference between the two teams heading into the final race of the season.
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