Ferrari Sensed Pirelli F1 Issues in Bahrain: Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz who finished P11 at the Circuit Paul Ricard believes Ferrari struggles been a trend for years. Furthermore, the Spaniard also claims that he felt something wrong with the tires in his very first race for Ferrari at Bahrain.
Scuderia Ferrari have been significant in qualifying this season, especially during the qualifications on the streets of Baku and Monte Carlo where the 23-year-old, Charles Leclerc secured successive poles. However, Prancing Horses struggled to replicate their qualifying speed on Sundays.
The Maranello-based team showed yet another convincing performance in qualifying at French Grand Prix. With Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc qualifying at P5 and P7, respectively.
Ferrari looked poised to take home a good haul of points but it turns out to be a dreadful Sunday after the Ferrari duo struggled with tire degradation throughout the race. As a result, both the drivers failed to finish outside the points last weekend.
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What did Carlos Sainz say?
“It’s been a trend and I would go as far as to say it’s been a trend for years in the team. In December they talked to me about this issue and I let it pass, I didn’t think it was going to be such a big thing—maybe with the new tires in this year everything could change,” said Carlos Sainz who is in his first season with Ferrari.
“But it was clear since Bahrain that there is something going on with the car and with the tires that we don’t understand and I felt it pretty much immediately.”
‘We were expecting to struggle at French GP’: Ferrari director Laurent Mekies
Ferrari’s Racing Director and Head of Track Area, Laurent Mekies has already claimed the Maranello-based team won’t make any further up-gradation to their current machinery. Moreover, the Reds are fully focused on the development of next season’s car.
Meanwhile, after the French GP, Laurent Makies told it was no surprise that the Reds struggled at Le Castellet.
“We are expecting to suffer on this set of tracks. We would certainly say that these tracks present a great challenge for us because it’s a way to further check how we correlate, how we prepare, and how we understand our car,” said Laurent Makies.
“Talking about weaknesses, the next big topic for us is to find the same sort of consistent pace at the top of the midfield, also in the race–which has been a bit more of a rollercoaster.”
After Ferrari scored no points at French Grand Prix, the Red dropped to P4 in the constructor’s standings, 16 points behind their rivals Mclaren.
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