“It was a very painful day, because on a new and very special track the important thing is to lap and instead we find ourselves without information about my car”. Like this Max Verstappen he bitterly commented on having seen his own PL2s from the Miami Grand Prix reduced to a simple exit lap in which he encountered an obvious hydraulic problem that almost set the rear brakes of his Red Bull on fire.
The concept of how important it was to run must have been remembered by the Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto when Carlos Sainz he returned to the pits after the accident that put him offside after a few laps during the second free practice session. The Spanish driver lost control of his F1-75 in the mixed section that concludes the second sector of the Miami International Autodrome. In Turn-13 Sainz saw the rear slide, a pendulum that the former McLaren driver was unable to tame, crashing into the barriers.
Ferrari thus collected data ‘only’ with Charles Leclerc, equalizing Verstappen’s technical defeat due to the driving error of Carlos Sainz, who therefore continues his series of errors after those committed in Australia and Imola. The Monegasque finished in second place the second free practice session behind George Russell’s Mercedes and was the best in the mini long run carried out in the last 8 minutes of PL2.
The conditions for a positive weekend at Ferrari are all there as long as we stay away from mistakes. Carlos Sainz is aware of this: “Obviously it’s not the best way to start the weekend, as I paid dearly for a spin that led me to finish early on Friday. However, the car seemed competitive to me and I am confident that we can get a good performance. There is no point in brooding over what happened, so let’s start focusing on qualifying and the race straight away. The extraordinary work that the mechanics have to do is what I regret most, I’ll go and talk to them and the rest of the team ”.
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