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Ferrari drivers worry windy Silverstone will expose automobile’s weaknesses · RaceFans

Ferrari drivers worry windy Silverstone will expose automobile’s weaknesses · RaceFans


Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jnr are uncertain Ferrari’s kind final weekend in Austria will probably be repeated at Silverstone.

The workforce scored its finest results of the season the place Leclerc completed second behind runaway winner Max Verstappen. Sainz completed fourth on the street however was demoted to sixth place within the last standings after a post-race time penalty for exceeding monitor limits.

The end result appeared to validate Ferrari’s perception that they have been extra aggressive within the earlier spherical in Canada than their fourth and fifth place finishes there steered. Each Leclerc and Sainz began within the midfield as a consequence of issues in qualifying and made their method up the order throughout the race.

Leclerc believes Ferrari’s latest performances reveals they’re enhancing relative to their rivals Crimson Bull, Mercedes and Aston Martin. However he doesn’t anticipate a robust weekend for the Scuderia at Silverstone.

“I feel since Barcelona, actually, the sensation goes in the correct route,” stated Leclerc. “We couldn’t actually show it at every other tracks since Barcelona, however in Austria, the sensation was good, and the tempo was a bit higher than what we had for the primary a part of the season.

“Nonetheless, we shouldn’t get carried away. Crimson Bull continues to be lots in entrance and I feel this monitor this weekend will expose a bit extra our weaknesses. So we’d wrestle a bit greater than what we’ve seen in Austria. However it’s clear that the sensation and the tempo is a step higher.”

With comparatively excessive wind speeds anticipated on Saturday on the quick and flat Silverstone circuit, Sainz believes the British Grand Prix weekend will present a telling indication of the progress Ferrari has made with its SF-23.

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“I feel we want perhaps a extra open, windy circuit like Silverstone to judge [our car],” he stated. “Usually, we’ve been struggling extra in windy situations like Miami, Baku within the race generally. I feel we want extra samples to evaluate our progress on our improve bundle.

“What I can inform you is that the automobile feels higher in Austria and each over one lap and within the race. However we have been additionally very fast in Austria final yr so I’m nonetheless being cautious and letting the circuits and the season go by to analyse it. However I’m happy with the best way the workforce reacted and the quantity of upgrades that we’ve been bringing in lately.”

Ferrari have skilled extra extreme tyre degradation in races than their rivals over the season to date. Sainz believes Ferrari’s sensitivity to wind and relative harshness on their tyres are “linked.”

“I don’t suppose we’re doing something significantly unsuitable with tyres,” he defined. “I feel is extra the best way our automobile behaves within the race with the wind, with the instabilities that we now have.

“The inconsistencies additionally have an effect on your race tempo – I feel your inconsistencies additionally have an effect on your tyre deg. The extra snaps [of oversteer], the extra moments you will have throughout the race, the more serious the tyre administration is at all times going to be. We have been scuffling with that. Austria was lots higher. Soiled air is also one thing that impacts us fairly a bit. There’s, as you possibly can see, many issues on the market that we are attempting to get beneath management.”

This weekend Pirelli is introducing a brand new building of tyres designed to higher swimsuit the upper cornering speeds and downforce masses mid-corner that drivers are experiencing this season. Leclerc says he’s uncertain whether or not the revised tyres may have any influence on Ferrari’s efficiency or the extent of tyre put on they expertise.

“I feel throughout the free practices it’s going to be crucial to evaluate that, to see how a lot of a distinction it’s by way of tyre degradation, if we have to tremendous tune the automobile to those new constructions,” he stated. “After which we’ll see. However we don’t know but whether or not it’s going to be a profit or a weak spot.”

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