Ferrari suffers from structural overheating: ‘Only worse in dirty air’

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Ferrari suffers from structural overheating: ‘Only worse in dirty air’

After the disappointing Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia for Ferrari, Carlos Sainz has opened up about the problems the Italian racing stable is facing. The team already suffers from overheating of the car, and driving in dirty air behind other cars only makes this worse, said the Spaniard, who cited that as the main reason for the disappointing race pace. Yet he is also critical of himself, but especially towards qualifying.

Speaking to Formel1.de, Sainz is self-conscious about his qualifications being anything but good this year after the first two Grands Prix of the season. “I haven’t managed to get a good qualification yet. But the feeling for the car is good, “said the Ferrari driver, who immediately points out why it is so difficult for the racing team to really get speed in the car during the race. “Our biggest problem is when we are chasing other cars. In the first stint in Bahrain or also in the first stint in Jeddah. With our car it is difficult to chase other cars.’

This tracking has less to do with the car becoming unbalanced, but above all a problem that is already there and is aggravated when driving behind other cars. “We already have a structural problem with overheating and it will only get worse if we drive in dirty air. That’s the biggest problem. For the rest, the car always feels good in free practice. I just haven’t managed to get the qualifying rounds right yet,” said the Spaniard, who has so far finished fourth in Bahrain and fifth in Jeddah.

Focus on development

Still, Sainz is not worried for the time being, because the Spaniard says that things will get better as the year progresses, and he also thinks he is consistent in the race. “I’m not worried about that though, because it will get better as the season progresses and I get a feel for it. At least I’m relatively consistent in the race. I score the points, even if they are not the right points. I want to be on the podium and I want to fight for race wins. We’re not there yet. And as long as we’re not there, we have to score the points and focus on development.’

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