Sport Sainz never felt comfortable during Italian Grand Prix

02:10  15 september  2021
02:10  15 september  2021 Source:   planetf1.com

Binotto not making ‘big deal’ of Sainz’s struggles

  Binotto not making ‘big deal’ of Sainz’s struggles Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto is keen not to overreact to Carlos Sainz's frustrating lack of pace at the Dutch Grand Prix. © PA Images Carlos Sainz, without his race gear, in the Ferrari. Usually a vibrant character in the paddock, Sainz was anything but after crossing the line P7 at Zandvoort. Rather than being happy with his points finish, the Spaniard instead said he had never felt so slow in a race before, urging Ferrari to find answers before their upcoming home race, the Italian Grand Prix.

ITALIAN GRAND PRIX – Read the all-new digital race programme here. Sainz had shown strong pace in the early part of the race, passed by the faster cars of Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes and Alex Albon in the Red Bull, but able to comfortably head the ‘best of the rest’ pack in fifth. But his race came undone thanks to a sticking left-rear wheel nut during his pit stop, the delay seeing him re-join in traffic, as he enjoyed a brief but fruitless fight with the Racing Point of Sergio Perez before eventually finishing ninth, as Norris once again grabbed the headlines with a late surge to fifth, ahead of Perez and his

However, Sainz said he had never felt slower than he did at the Dutch Grand Prix . “I am very puzzled at the moment because I had no pace at all during the race since Lap 1,” he told Sky F1. “Really I was struggling a lot with the front and tyres. Next up is arguably the most important race of the season for Ferrari, that being their home race, the Italian Grand Prix . Leclerc is not overly optimistic, telling Sky F1 he holds concerns over Ferrari’s performance down those long straights and so he will be hoping for a “very big surprise”.

Carlos Sainz says he was not comfortable with his Ferrari at all at Monza, saying the rear-end of the SF21 is a weakness for him.

Carlos Sainz, Jr. wearing a helmet: Carlos Sainz, without his race gear, in the Ferrari. © PA Images Carlos Sainz, without his race gear, in the Ferrari.

Looking at statistics alone, it would seem that Sainz has had a fantastic start to life at Ferrari, already with 97.5 points on the board and two podium finishes.

But in fact it has not been a smooth ride, with Sainz having suffered several high-speed, and expensive unforced crashes. The latest came at the Italian Grand Prix during FP2.

The prior round at Zandvoort also saw a heavy shunt in practice, and by the end of the weekend, we saw a rare dejected version of Sainz as he spoke of never feeling that slow in a race before.

Sainz trying to copy some of Leclerc’s style in SF21

  Sainz trying to copy some of Leclerc’s style in SF21 Carlos Sainz said he is definitely trying to emulate part of team-mate Charles Leclerc's driving style at Ferrari.The Spaniard is contesting his first season with the Scuderia, and already has delivered two podiums with P2 at the Monaco Grand Prix and P3 in Hungary.

While the F1 driver market went into overdrive during the week between the Dutch and Italian rounds, it was the action on the track which dominated the headlines – both for the right and the wrong reasons. “I would have moments of frustration or moments of dropping my head, but I kind of made a point never to let that last.” It’d been more than three years since Daniel Ricciardo, speaking above about his start to 2021, had last won a race before his Italian Grand Prix triumph last weekend.

Sainz crashes; sprint qualifying - 15:30-16:00 BST. Valtteri Bottas starts 'sprint qualifying' first, with Lewis Hamilton second and Verstappen third. Max Verstappen leads the drivers' championship by three points. Here is what Bottas had to say after his qualifying triumph: "That qualifying lap was nice and it feels good when you get a nice lap in. "It was good fun and I feel relaxed now everything is sorted for the future. The car has been so good and next year will be exciting for me and I'm looking forward to it.

At Monza he was able to finish P6, but still was far from pleased, claiming he did not feel comfortable in his machinery during the race.

“I think the weekend in the end we more or less saved it, but it was a very tough weekend,” Sainz told DAZN F1.

“In the race I was not comfortable at any time, sliding a lot from the rear and degraded the rear tyres a lot.

“It’s not the first time that the car has gone off from the back and I’ve lost a bit of confidence with the car behind me.

“It’s clear that it’s a weakness that I have to improve, I have to learn from it and see how I can camouflage it a bit with the set up and adapt to it.

“When you take a little bit of downforce off the car as we have done here, the car is more difficult than I expected and I have to learn from that, adapt and see how I can improve”.

Ferrari: Performance Problem "completely different" than in France

 Ferrari: Performance Problem © Motorsport Images Especially Carlos Sainz was heavy in the Ferrari SF21 at the Netherlands-Grand Prix on the paper are the places five and seven in the Netherlands-Grand Prix ​​a decent result for Ferrari, especially since the Italian Formula 1 trademen team has taken over again P3 in the World Cup overall standings of McLaren. But Ferrari not only convinced in Zandvoort - and was even beaten by Pierre Gasly in the Alphatauri in the race.

Carlos Sainz ’s massive crash in his Ferrari raised the red flag during second practice at the Italian Grand Prix . Lewis Hamilton continued Mercedes’ dominance over the weekend at the Italian Grand Prix by leading the final practice ahead of Saturday’s Formula 1 Sprint, a session marred by a major accident from Carlos Sainz at Ferrari. Sainz took out red flags in the middle of the hour when he dunked a tire on a chicane in the Ascari chicane before hitting the barriers, badly damaging his car and spinning around.

For the third weekend in a row, Formula One is back in action. This time the field takes on the Monza circuit for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix . Amidst one of the closest championship battles in in memory, Formula One’s field of 20 cars is taking on the legendary Temple of Speed this weekend. The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is host to the 2021 Grand Prix and will test the teams’ abilities to field a car that prioritizes straight line speed.

Once Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton eliminated each other from the race, a golden opportunity opened up for Ferrari to deliver a podium on home soil in front of the tifosi.

Sadly though neither Sainz or Charles Leclerc had the pace to make an impression on the McLaren’s, who secured a one-two as Daniel Ricciardo claimed victory.

Valtteri Bottas also proved out of reach, as did Sergio Perez, though a five-second penalty dropped him back to P5 in the classification, boosting Leclerc to P4.

“Every time we had a fight, our top speed wasn’t the best to defend ourselves,” Sainz explained.

“We had the podium close. We saw it, it was always two or three seconds away, but at no time did I feel able to go for it, nor did I have the top speed or the speed in the car to attack.

“So it gives me a little anger, but it is what it is. This weekend has not gone as I wanted.”

a truck is parked on the side of a road: Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz battle at the Italian GP. September 2021. © Provided by PlanetF1 Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz battle at the Italian GP. September 2021.

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Sainz accepted that Ferrari probably would have taken a P4 and P6 finish prior to the Monza weekend, but reaffirmed his frustration as he struggled with his car and delivering on the hopes of the tifosi.

“If you told us before coming to Monza that we were going to finish fourth and sixth, maybe we would have signed up for that,” said Sainz.

“But then, once you’re in the race and you feel so many difficulties, with the rear end, so much tyre degradation, every time you fight you lack top speed and having the podium relatively close in front of the tifosi, it makes you angry not to be able to go for it and not have the ability to at least try to go for it.

“I didn’t have the confidence and especially after yesterday’s crash I didn’t manage to get it back.”

PlanetF1 verdict

Sainz ‘never felt so slow in a race’ than at Dutch GP .
Ferrari's Carlos Sainz was left extremely frustrated after limping his way through the Dutch Grand Prix with a lack of pace. © PA Images Carlos Sainz at Zandvoort on Dutch GP race day. On the face of it, P7 at Zandvoort looked like a solid result for Sainz. Coupled with P5 for his team-mate Charles Leclerc, Ferrari created an 11.5-point buffer over McLaren, stretching further ahead in P3 in the Constructors’ Championship. However, Sainz said he had never felt slower than he did at the Dutch Grand Prix.

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