The first session of the day on Friday closed with the best time of Carlos Sainz, the first driver to take a non-Red Bull car to the lead in these pre-season tests. With a time of 1’32.486, the Spaniard of Ferrari he completed a total of 70 laps, but that didn’t entirely erase the worries of the fans little horse related to some problems that emerged especially on Thursday.
A sporting concern that remained above all after the declarations of number 55 in the afternoon a Sky Sports F1especially following the question posed to the Spaniard about feelings of optimism or pessimism on the eve of this World Cup: “Honestly I do not know – has explained – and I don’t know how fast or slow we are. We are certainly not slow, but how fast compared to Red Bull or Mercedes I don’t know“.
In conclusion, Sainz wanted to underline the main objectives of these tests, studied with the team in order to improve and solve the most serious problems that emerged last season: “I won’t know if this car suits me better, or more, than the 2022 one. I won’t know until I take it to the limit in qualifying – he added – it’s impossible to know now because you never take the car to the limit in testing. For now I try to do my tests; we have a program that I establish together with the team based on my preferences before the appointment with the GP. We are now focusing on these tests to find answers and to know where to go and what to avoid. Our priority is to improve the race pacealso because last year we were better performing in qualifying than in the race itself”.
From the Spaniard, therefore, no alarmism, even if the gap on the second day of testing from Max Verstappen will be at least eight tenths.
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