May.29 – Ferrari is pinning its hopes on key car upgrades the legendary Italian team will unveil this weekend in Barcelona.
Red Bull he went to Monaco expecting that Ferrari’s strength in the slower corners might pose a threat to the energy drink-owning team’s dominance in both qualifying and the race.
In the end, it was another chaotic weekend – z Charles Leclerc one minute past six at the checkered flag.
Carlos Sainzmeanwhile, he battled for a podium finish until driver and strategy errors set in – and the Spaniard publicly raged on the radio.
Then he sounded resigned to Ferrari’s fate in 2023.
“I was a bit frustrated – I’m not going to lie to you,” Sainz said.
“But things like this better happen this year when clearly the car is not where we want it to be,” he told broadcaster DAZN.
“We must continue to learn from these situations, from these moments of tension and doubt that we have from time to time and we must continue to improve,” added Sainz.
Sixth-placed Charles Leclerc said overuse was also a factor in Monaco.
“I thought here in Monaco a critical issue would not arise,” he told Sky Italia, “also because I was managing the unions.
“But at one point I was in big trouble and all I could do was pit.”
And so team principal Frederic Vasseur forgave Sainz for his mistakes in Monaco – including running into the rear of a possible podium winner Esteban Ocon.
“Nobody expected such bad weather conditions. We can’t blame him,” Vasseur said.
“There have been other incidents like (George) Russell – he dropped out too. That’s how it went now, but let’s focus on Barcelona.
“We are back on the traditional track. We already had good speed in qualifying on Saturday and we should be good in Spain as well.
“We are also making updates to the car and we hope that these will bring us performance benefits,” added the Frenchman. We’ll see what we can do”.
Vasseur also explained that his dry humor remains in check when asked how he celebrated his 55th birthday on Sunday.
“Someone brought me a piece of Sainz’s wing as a gift,” he laughed.
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