Satisfying But Not Electrifying Qualifying From Ferrari

Jarrod Partridge

Scuderia Ferrari put up a satisfactory qualifying performance for tomorrow’s French Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz will start from fifth place and Charles Leclerc from seventh.

While the result might not get the Scuderia fans too excited, on a track that does not particularly suit the SF21, it confirmed that, once again, the Maranello team is the best of the midfield runners, at least on Saturdays, fighting behind Red Bull and Mercedes.

One of the key moments of qualifying at Paul Ricard was Q2, in which Sainz and Leclerc managed to make the cut running the Medium compound, so that they can start the race on these tyres, on level terms strategy-wise therefore with the others in the top five rows of the grid.

For the 61st French Grand Prix hot and windy conditions are expected once again, but there is a chance of a storm in the vicinity that could mix things up and produce some opportunities to be exploited.
Carlos SainzImage credit Scuderia Ferrari press office

Carlos Sainz Enjoys Clean Qualifying

After two dramatic qualifying sessions in a row, Carlos Sainz was happy to have a somewhat uneventful session, where he finished ‘best of the rest’ and will start from the third row of the grid.

‘Not a bad day for the team. After a couple of eventful Saturdays, it’s good to have a clean quali like today. We managed to extract everything out of the car and show the progress we have made at this type of track. From my side, I continue to adapt and learn from the different conditions and corners, and today I felt at home with the car no matter what compound I was on.

‘We are in a good position for the race tomorrow and we’ll try to maximize every opportunity. Yesterday our race pace was not bad, but I expect a tight battle with our main competitors. A clean first lap and a good strategy will be essential to leave France with a good result,’ said Sainz.

Balance Issues For Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc was unable to get on top of his car setup, and struggle dfor balance throughout the second day in France.

‘A tricky qualifying from my side. I didn’t do a good job of driving around the balance limitation of my car, which was on the front for me today. I will work to understand how I can adapt my driving style and manage this better in the race, although I think that we will feel it less tomorrow.

‘Overall, 5th and 7th place are good results for the team and in line with our expectations. Congratulations to everyone and to Carlos who did a good job today. The race pace wasn’t too bad yesterday. There is definitely potential to fight for good positions in the race, and it will come down to us putting it all together,’ added Leclerc.

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