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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Spain demonstrated F1 race-day weakness now expelled

Ferrari completed as the main midfield team in Spain on Sunday as Charles Leclerc took an agreeable fourth-place finish, having spent the first stint keeping Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas behind.

Colleague Carlos Sainz couldn’t recover places from Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo after a sluggish beginning, however took seventh place to assist Ferrari with shutting on McLaren in the constructors’ standings.

Ferrari felt after the season opener in Bahrain that the SF21 vehicle had a speed drop-off among qualifying and the race, battling with tire the executives over the more drawn-out stretches.

Team head Binotto was unsure assuming the issue had been rigged after the races at Imola and Portimao, however was fulfilled from the presentation in Spain that the group had settled it.

“I think as Scuderia Ferrari we are really content with the end of the week,” Binotto said. “We seeing was our goal, which was acquiring focuses for the constructors, to complete as high as could be expected, and I think fourth and seventh has been a decent outcome.

“In any case, also we know, Barcelona is a troublesome circuit and regularly assuming you’re doing admirably there, you might excel at many circuits and I think generally speaking the vehicle has proceeded true to form, not just in qualy.

“I think we had great speed comparative with the qualy, and I think too that the two drivers did a decent end of the week [with] tire the executives, which would have been basic.

“That was inadequate in the principal race in Bahrain, so in general [it has been a] positive end of the week for us. What’s more, I imagine that was our only motivation behind the general end of the week.”

Leclerc’s raced to fourth place attracted him to inside one purpose in P4 in the drivers’ title, sitting simply behind McLaren’s Lando Norris.

The Monegasque driver repeated Binotto’s remarks, saying he was supported by how solid the vehicle was on the two Saturdays and Sundays, in contrast to the year before.

“Certainly in Imola, we were exceptionally solid as well,” Leclerc said. “In Bahrain for me I didn’t work really hard by and by to keep the tires too as I might have done, and in Portimao on my side, it was very great as well.

“So I don’t believe there’s a major shortcoming like there was perhaps a touch all the more keep going year on the race pace. I feel like this year it’s much more adjusted, and we are really more grounded in qualifying and in the race, so it’s a benefit.”

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