Carlos Sainz Jr.: “It seems we could be a bit more competitive this weekend” – The Checkered Flag


Carlos Sainz Jr. admitted it was necessary for him to be taught extra in regards to the SF21 on a monitor that was not the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit on Friday, with the Spaniard placing in a superb variety of laps across the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

Sainz’s earlier working for Scuderia Ferrari of their 2021 automotive had all been in Bahrain, so follow for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was one thing totally different for the Spaniard.  Throughout the 2 periods, he accomplished fifty-six laps.

The previous McLaren F1 Staff racer ended sixth, simply over three-tenths of a second off the very best total time, within the first follow on Friday, and was a formidable fourth within the afternoon, simply 0.283 seconds away from Valtteri Bottas in first place.

“It was an necessary day for me as I used to be wanting ahead to driving the automotive for the primary time someplace aside from Bahrain,” stated Sainz.  “The totally different corners, tarmac, temperatures, and so on. made it an fascinating day for positive.

“It appears we may very well be a bit extra aggressive this weekend and, typically, the sensation with the automotive was constructive because the circumstances fits us higher. You’ll be able to really feel some extra grip and I’m having fun with it on the market, increase the boldness lap by lap looking for the restrict across the complete monitor.

“I’m not fairly there but, however at this time was a superb begin to the weekend and we nonetheless have FP3 to high-quality tune every part forward of Qualifying tomorrow.”

“It’s solely tomorrow that we’ll discover out the pecking order” – Charles Leclerc

Staff-mate Charles Leclerc additionally felt it was a robust day for Ferrari on Friday, although his day ended with a crash at Rivazza late within the afternoon session.

Leclerc felt snug behind the wheel of the SF21 virtually as quickly as he hit the monitor on Friday morning, with the Monegasque ending the primary session with the fourth quickest time regardless of shedding monitor time attributable to technical points.

He apologised to his mechanics for his session ending crash within the afternoon, with the entrance proper suspension taking the brunt of the influence, however he had performed sufficient earlier than that to put fifth within the total standings to offer the crew confidence for the remainder of the weekend.

“This was undoubtedly a superb day, regardless of the time misplaced within the first session and the incident simply on the finish of the second,” stated Leclerc.  “The automotive is fast, the steadiness is nice and I felt comfy instantly.  In fact, it’s solely tomorrow that we’ll discover out the pecking order, as a result of perhaps somebody hasn’t proven their full potential. 

“This afternoon, I made a mistake whereas pushing flat out in race trim. I’m sorry for the blokes however a minimum of there have been solely two minutes to go. I used to be happy with my fast lap: the time that was cancelled due to a few centimetres would have been quickest total and even over a future I feel we’ve discovered a superb steadiness.

“The monitor is actually nice and I can’t wait to get again within the automotive tomorrow for qualifying, once I suppose a superb end result could be inside our grasp.”

Charles Leclerc ended the day within the boundaries however assured of Ferrari’s tempo at Imola – Credit score: Scuderia Ferrari Press Workplace

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