Carlos Sainz Spills the Beans on How Ferrari Turned Around After a Disappointing Start

Published 08/19/2021, 4:16 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Ever since the start of this season, Scuderia Ferrari have been amid a strenuous battle against McLaren for P3 in the constructors’ standings. And of course, their success kicked off at the Monaco Grand Prix, where home hero Charles Leclerc secured the first pole position in over two years.

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However, just a couple of race weekends later, at Le Castellet, Ferrari started showing glimpses of their 2020 struggles. The Maranello outfit looked like an entirely different outfit, as massive tire struggles and pace deficit caused the team to leave France empty-handed for the first time in 2021.

But since then, Ferrari’s resurgence has been exemplary, with both their drivers gaining a podium each out of the next four races.

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It was unquestionably an eventful turnaround from Ferrari since the Le Castellet heartbreak. But how did they manage to pull themselves up in such a short period of time?

Well, Carlos Sainz revealed the truth behind Ferrari’s revival.

What did Carlos Sainz say?

As reported by Motorsport Total, Sainz revealed that Ferrari had started working on the car right after the race in France.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during sprint qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

There was a lot of emphasis and emphasis on this issue because the problem was so dramatic in Paul Ricard,” he said.

We were all so surprised that we said, ‘Okay, we have to change that and act as aggressively and quickly as possible’. It started immediately after the race.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Since the French GP, Ferrari have gained a total of 69 points, which has played a hefty role in marginally ousting McLaren before heading into the summer break.

Ferrari headed straight to Maranello after Paul Ricard: Sainz

The Spaniard, who secured his second podium of the season in Hungary, opened up that the entire Ferrari crew rushed to Maranello right after the horrendous outing in France. He further reckoned he worked in the simulator for 2 to 3 days to figure out what went wrong.

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The minute that happened, we all flew back to Maranello. Met for a few meetings, did a few analyzes. And worked intensively for two or almost three days in the simulator, with simulations to understand and find out our car what caused this big problem,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 25, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Overall, Ferrari are looking much comfortable with the recent podium at Hungaroring. Hence, despite Lando Norris’ heroics at McLaren, there is a substantial possibility that Ferrari can oust the British outfit quite efficiently.

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Also, with a massive engine upgrade in the offing, can Ferrari take their fight to the title contenders, Mercedes and Red Bull? Well, we’ll know soon enough.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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