With only three days of testing in the SF21, see the arrival of the Bahrain Grand Prix was a primary objective for Carlos Sainz. Author of a cautious start, the Spaniard gradually increased the tempo on the track yesterday on the Sakhir layout, without however putting himself in a position to play the leading roles.
Under the checkered flag, an eighth place that satisfies in a sense the former Renault and McLaren driver, he who seeks to find confidence in a Ferrari SF21 obviously a little more efficient than its predecessor.
“It was very important for me to finish the race and to continue to accumulate experience with the car, mentions the Iberian pilot. This is perhaps the reason why this time I did not take too many risks at the start and it cost me a few places.
I was curious to see how the car reacted in the aero disturbances during a race start and I knew that I would have the opportunity to get back into my rhythm once.
When the situation stabilized, I started to attack lap by lap and I think we showed a very sustained pace with the medium tire and especially with the hard tire during the last stint.
I also managed to make some good passes. Today, I am happy with the work accomplished throughout the weekend. Ferrari wants more, and I want more. But it is a promising start and we will continue to give our all to make it happen. “
The next F1 meeting, at Imola on April 18, will be an opportunity for Ferrari to play at home for the first time this season and to try to show new progress after a catastrophic 2020 campaign.
“It was a good race and a positive weekend and we took a good step forward compared to last season, recalls Charles Leclerc, sixth yesterday in Bahrain. We are still not where we want to be so we have to keep working and pushing really hard to improve in the races to come. “
Discover the full report and analysis of the Bahrain Grand Prix, produced by our special correspondent in Sakhir, in AUTO # 2305weekly, available this evening in digital version and from this Wednesday on newsstands.