For Ferrari, the first day of free practice of the Austrian Grand Prix was two-sided. The performances obtained by the Reds in the first round this morning were very interesting, while in the afternoon the ranking gave a very different response.
However, it must be said that the Ferraris were slowed down by the rain. Carlos Sainz Jr. and Charles Leclerc took the wrong moment to do their respective qualifying simulations, entering the track just as the Austrian track was made treacherous by a few drops of water.
The two Ferrari drivers were thus forced not to give their best to try the qualifying lap. In this way, the performances of the Reds will remain taboo until tomorrow morning, that is, until the third and final free practice session.
On the other hand, the work done by the two Maranello drivers with regard to race pace is interesting. Sainz worked mainly with Medium tires – which are the C4s this weekend – showing a very interesting pace, slower only than Mercedes and Red Bull.
Ferrari showed already last weekend that they have a good chance of being able to do well in the race. The drawback, on the other hand, is linked to qualifying, where the Reds have disappointed. Today’s rain may have slowed down the program drawn up in the previous days, but Carlos seems to have already taken a picture of the situation thanks also to the data collected last weekend at the Red Bull Ring.
“I think the picture is similar to last weekend,” said the Madrid driver of Ferrari at the end of the second free practice session. The point for Ferrari is that at the weekend it will struggle to express its potential considering that the Austrian track allows the drivers to push hard for most of the lap.
“In qualifying he pushes a lot, at full speed on this track and even if we are strong in the corners, for a matter of statistics and numbers, considering that at the Red Bull Ring we are at 80% with the gas wide open it is clear that we will always be a little behind, “concluded the Spaniard.