“We’ve done some progress” – Carlos Sainz expressed pleasure with his first formal Ferrari outing after Day 1 of pre-season testing at Bahrain.
Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc had a wholesome Day of F1 pre-season testing at Bahrain. They completed a total of 115 laps, with Sainz finishing P5 and Leclerc P11. The Spaniard, in his Ferrari ‘rookie’ season, was pleased with his outing.
“Finally, the day has come where I actually get the car that I’m going to race with. It’s been a positive day in terms of adapting to the car and feeling comfortable in the seat and with the switches – there’s been a lot of preparation in the winter and today.
“I felt at home straight away, but at the same time, I feel that every lap that I was doing, I was just getting to know a bit more from the car and I was just getting a bit quicker, so still a long process ahead, not a lot of days left – just two half days – but at least we’ve done some progress.”
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Bahrain a tricky affair for Carlos Sainz
Bahrain was all about sand yesterday, serving up a unique challenge for some of the finest drivers in the world. Sainz was pleased with himself and his team, with Ferrari looking to improve from their horrendous P6 finish last season.
“It was tricky. It was spectacular also to watch from the outside and even following the cars it was crazy, to see that we were running in those conditions.
“At the end, the racing line was not that bad; the racing line was staying fairly grippy and off line it was chaos, but in the racing line at least there was some grip to test and cover the run programme.”