Ferrari puzzled by lack of tempo and “reverse” efficiency throughout its vehicles · RaceFans

Ferrari have been left annoyed by their lack of race tempo within the Miami Grand Prix and confused by the variations between the efficiency of their vehicles.

Carlos Sainz Jnr completed fifth, choosing up a five-second time penalty for pit lane dashing on the way in which, and was categorised 37 seconds behind Pink Bull’s race winner Max Verstappen. He expressed his shock at Ferrari’s struggles through the race, saying he couldn’t push with out his tyres struggling.

Group mate Charles Leclerc additionally had a poor afternoon, ending seventh. Group principal Frederic Vasseur mentioned his two drivers suffered totally different issues through the race.

“Yesterday I feel the tempo was respectable however we weren’t in a position to put all the pieces collectively,” mentioned Vasseur following the race on Sunday. “And at the moment it’s fairly related.

“The primary stint went fairly properly for Carlos, he misplaced a few seconds on [the first] third of the race, and he misplaced 25s on the final two thirds. We’re far an excessive amount of inconsistent from one automotive to the opposite, and from one lap to the opposite. Now we have to know why.”

Leclerc completed 10 seconds behind his group mate, however his efficiency on the medium and exhausting tyres contrasted with Sainz’s expertise of the 2 compounds.

“It’s not simply [struggling during] the race, as a result of at some levels of the race we have been okay-ish,” added Vasseur.

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“However once more, the primary stint on the medium for Carlos, he misplaced 5 seconds in 18 laps. I feel this stage of the race was okay for us, and for Charles it was the alternative. He was in a fine condition at some levels of the second stint with the exhausting, and he was struggling rather more within the first a part of the race.

“However we actually must focus our consideration on this as a result of it’s key for us. And we’re conscious we’ve got to do a step.”

Vasseur mentioned the issue of inconsistency didn’t stem from switching between compounds, as a result of the change in dealing with and efficiency of 1 automotive when shifting to a special tyre was not replicated by the opposite.

“With Charles we have been extra acting on the hards, and with Carlos we’re rather more acting on the medium. And even with the identical tyres, from one lap to the opposite one, we’re a bit inconsistent,” he added.

Leclerc, who certified a second off pole in seventh place after crashing in qualifying, was simply as puzzled how Ferrari’s race tempo struggles had manifested in numerous methods throughout the 2 vehicles.

“It was actually troublesome,” mentioned Leclerc after the race on Sunday. “We have been simply talking about it with Carlos, and we mainly agreed that we’ve got a automotive that’s so extremely troublesome to be on the restrict.

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“On my aspect, I don’t know what was happening however within the high-speed I had the automotive shifting rather a lot. Not from the rear, however simply the general platform of the automotive was touching like loopy. So we’ll examine the automotive and all the pieces. However it didn’t really feel nice.

“As I used to be saying with Carlos, it was only a very inconsistent automotive at the moment. So I’m simply making an attempt to deliver the automotive to the tip.”

Leclerc suspects Sainz didn’t have the identical downside as he did. “I can’t communicate for Carlos. I haven’t seen [his race]. I don’t assume he was complaining about it that a lot talking to him. However for me, it was fairly loopy. So I don’t know what was happening, actually.”

Leclerc sarcastically commented it was “clearly one other nice, nice race” for him.

He mentioned will probably be “crucial” Ferrari’s coming upgrades work “as a result of now we’re very far-off. Like very, very far-off.

“For me, I actually battle to seek out any explanations why we’re thus far within the race and so shut in qualifying. That is actually one thing we have to work on.”

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