09/03/2021 at 7:09 PM CEST
The Ferraris finished the first day of the Belgian Grand Prix as the benchmarks on the new Zandvoort track, which has been completely renovated to regain its place on the F1 calendar. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz hhave been the fastest on a lap this Friday, although both are aware that They will hardly be able to challenge the Mercedes and Red Bull this Saturday in qualifying (3pm). Max verstappen, the hero of the local fans, and the leader of the World Cup Lewis hamilton, his particular ‘villain’, are the big favorites for both the ‘qualy’ and the race on Sunday, but Leclerc and Sainz They have regained their confidence after the problems of the Scudería in Spa last week and they do not rule out even being in the battle for the podium.
“I think we still have a lot of potential to improve. It looks good for now, but we should not get carried away because it is only Friday and I think our competitors still have a little performance to reveal,” he said Leclerc, author of the best time (1.10.902), ahead of Sainz. “He really enjoyed driving the new Zandvoort. You feel the incline in a very special way on the first timed lap and overall it is a fun track to drive. In the race I don’t think there will be a lot of overtaking so it will be important to ensure a good position on the grid tomorrow. Our race pace was not as good as the performance of a single lap, so we will focus on that, “added the Monegasque rider, who occupies the seventh position of the overall drivers’ standings. with 82 points, one and a half less than his partner, who is sixth.
Carlos Sainz He highlighted after his first laps that the remodeled Zandvoort “is an impressive track and different from the one we are used to. It was fun trying different lines in FP1 on the banked corners and pushing a little more in FP2. So did it. enjoyed the atmosphere with the fans, so close to the track. It’s great! “.
The Madrilenian has pointed out that “in terms of performance, we felt confident from the beginning with the balance and the performance of the car. We managed to do a decent run on soft tires, while other competitive cars were trapped by the flags, so maybe Maybe that’s why we see ourselves so high on the timesheet, “he said realistically. “Sure we have room to improve, but the car still performed well and it was a positive Friday for us.” On a track with short straights, in which the lower engine power does not penalize Ferrari so much, the expectations to enter Q3 this Saturday are high. And if Sainz and Leclerc manage to start in a good position on Sunday, anything is possible.