Ferrari’s performance during qualifying was not positive. A seventh place for Charles Leclerc, behind direct rivals for the constructors’ classification, is not a good starting point; while Carlos Sainz compromised his Saturday by crashing into the barriers. On the Danube the Rossa did not enchant as in Monte Carlo: the hopes for a good performance did not materialize, and doubts about the stability of the car returned to their place.
“Budapest was supposed to be a fairly favorable stage, but the situation did not go well. Leclerc was also unlucky: between the seventh place and the second row there were 75 thousandths, the Monegasque however complained of a too unstable rear, also due to the wind. Charles will play a lot at the start, while it will be hard for Carlos Sainz to recover from the fifteenth box. He lost control in a sudden 40km / h gust at Turn 14, his mistake, which had already happened to him in Baku. He apologized: long live honesty“, We read in the Corriere della Sera.
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Resignation is in fashion in the next day’s newspapers. The history of Formula 1 has sometimes offered splendid comebacks from the bottom of the standings also in Budapest, but it would be a real challenge to see Carlos Sainz close to the top 5. “Leclerc had the race pace, but he finished seventh and from the fourth row the podium is impossible. Sainz, due to a gust of wind, went to kiss the wall. Ferrari damaged, race destroyed. In Hungary, the eighth row is ballast that knocks out“, Writes Repubblica.
“Who is really sorry is Carlos Sainz, fast in the free thirds in the morning and fourth after Q1. Then that mistake a few minutes from the end of Q2 in turn 14 and the bang against the barriers, for a very bitter elimination that today will force him to start 15th. On this track almost a sentence. That Carlos’ day had not been born under a lucky star was understood in the morning, when the Cavallino announced that a new power unit had been mounted on the number 55; abnormal values were found in unit 2. It was decided to send the engine to Maranello for inspection. Now the focus is on the possible damage to the gearbox reported in the impact on the barriers“, Analyzes the Gazzetta dello Sport.