Scuderia Ferrari came away from the opening round of the season, the Bahrain Grand Prix, with a sixth place courtesy of Charles Leclerc and an eighth with Carlos Sainz.
The Bahrain Grand Prix gave Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow a first indication of the quality of the work done during the winter, both on the car and as a team. The sixth and eighth places collected, respectively, by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are a good starting point for a season that will be as long as it is intense.
A step forward. With two teams confirming that they have an important advantage over the rest of the group, the fight for the role of third force was very close, as seen in qualifying, but Ferrari was the protagonist from the first to the last lap. . If yesterday the advantage was for the Scuderia, today the situation was reversed but the differences remained very small. Compared to the race held on this track four months ago, progress has been evident, both in terms of direct competition and in terms of the gap from the top, which is still very large. Particular attention had been given in the preparation of the management of the tires and also on this front there were fruits. There is still a long way to go but the direction taken seems to be the right one.
Next appointment. The league now takes a three-week break. Teams will be back on track on April 18th for the Made in Italy and Emilia Romagna Grand Prix scheduled at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola.
Charles Leclerc # 16
“I am reasonably satisfied with our race: it is a good start, with positive feelings. Clearly we cannot be happy for a sixth position but if we look at where we were last season on this track I would say that the progress is evident.
I started perfectly, I found myself in third position and I think I managed my tires quite well in the first stint to the point that maybe when I changed them they weren’t completely worn yet. However, we chose to stop to induce our rivals to adjust their strategies, which was the right thing to do, even if this probably took something away from us in terms of race pace in the final laps.
Overall it was a good race, in a positive weekend in which we made a good step forward compared to 2020. We are not yet where we would like to be, however, and for this reason we need to continue working to be able to obtain better results in the next races. ”
Carlos Sainz # 55
“A solid race. For me today it was important to complete all 56 laps and become familiar with the car. This is also why I preferred not to take too many risks on the first lap this time, and unfortunately it cost me a couple of positions. I wanted to understand how the car would perform in the slipstream, and I knew that once I found my pace I would have some opportunities to get back further.
Once I took the step, I started pushing. We had a great pace with the Medium tires and especially in the last stint with the Hard tires. I managed to make a couple of good overtakes, so all in all I am satisfied with this first race.
Above all, I am happy with the work we have done together with the team throughout the weekend. Ferrari wants more. I want more too, but it has been a very promising start and we will continue to do our best to get where we want. ”
Mattia Binotto Team Principal
“An intense competition. This was the first of twenty-three stages of a very long season and we must face them one at a time with determination and clarity, as we did this weekend.
In the race we struggled more than in qualifying, but we collected good indications and the analysis will allow us to understand areas for improvement. There is a long way to go but we will continue to work hard to grow in every respect.
Now we will start thinking about the next appointment, that of Imola, which has a particular flavor for us since it is, together with Monza, our home race. ”