Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are frustrated with Ferrari for their qualification failures.
Ferrari didn’t have the best pace during practice, and their worst fears came true during qualification. Neither Leclerc nor Sainz got out of Q2, and bottomed out at P11 and P13. The two drivers were not too happy with that, and they expressed their frustrations later.
Sainz blamed the timing of the rainfall, saying that the predicted rain came much later. As a result, he was forced to set his fastest lap before the other drivers.
“We went out on intermediates shortly before the rain was supposed to start. The rain then came three minutes later, which meant that we were too early. That’s the way it is,” Sainz said, as reported by Formel1.
“That wasn’t my problem today. My problem was the feeling in the car. I had no grip on the front axle and just no feeling in the car,” he complained.
Sainz’s teammate Leclerc also voiced his frustrations. However, he directed his displeasure with Ferrari in a more direct manner, stating that their car wasn’t good enough in the wet.
“I was pretty pissed off under my helmet and made that clear on the radio,” Leclerc said.
“They told me, however, that they expected rain, so I now understand why we went out earlier. Especially in qualifying, I was actually happy with the balance. The performance is just not that good under these conditions. McLaren was very impressive.
“I felt stronger than eleventh place. We were definitely not strong enough for the top five, but we would have been somewhere between fifth and tenth place today,” he concluded.
Down, but not out
Ferrari’s problems are compounded by the fact that both McLarens sit in the Top 10. This means their work just got harder, and they will have to go all guns blazing on Sunday.
Anything is possible if the rain continues. Ferrari will look to take the fight to McLaren and the rest of grid, come rain or clear conditions.