“Today was a positive day”, the Monegasse sums up with satisfaction. “We might not have expected to be so competitive – even if it is still early.” The fact that he was so far behind in the second session can be seen from the fact that he had a few problems with the car. “I couldn’t finish the round that I wanted,” he says.
Sainz: Difficult conditions are difficult to anticipate
The second session was also a bit more difficult for team-mate Carlos Sainz, which was mainly due to the increasing wind. “That pushed the cars and the balance a little more to their limits and brought the field closer together,” said the Spaniard.
Especially for him it was more difficult after his team change because, unlike his McLaren, he did not know how the Ferrari would react to changed winds. “At McLaren I knew perfectly what the car was doing. I was able to anticipate and get 95 to 100 percent out regardless of the conditions,” he says.
“But if you change teams, you don’t know how the car will react any more. That’s why you always go under it a little,” said Sainz. “You don’t want to make any stupid mistakes and stay under the limit.”
Hülkenberg: Ferrari is in a much better position
The times therefore say little to him. “I think the long run showed better where everyone is. You can clearly see that Mercedes and Red Bull have an advantage. But I’m surprised how close everyone was in the short runs.”
But where is the Ferrari now? That still remains the question. “I do believe that they are much better off than last year, not that they are driving everything into the ground,” suspects ex-driver Nico Hülkenberg on “Servus TV”. “Right now my guess is so around the third, fourth force that they are there. The question is how well they will develop compared to everyone else.”
According to Leclerc, there is still a lot in the Ferrari: “We haven’t driven at full throttle yet,” he announced. “But I don’t think that was the case with anyone today either. We don’t know how much sandbagging everyone does. That will become clear in qualifying tomorrow.”
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