Ferrari F1 Under Tremendous Pressure from Spanish Media After Another Carlos Sainz Botch-job

Published 10/27/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. on the starting grid before the race Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov


Carlos Sainz, the new addition to the Ferrari family, is doing all he can in order to keep the Maranello outfit in the fight against their rivals and his former F1 team, McLaren.

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However, in recent weeks, his pit crew hasn’t been as involved in Sainz’s pursuit of strong results. Instead, more often than not, they were caught napping, consequently pulling off terribly slow pit stops, which ultimately affected the Spaniard’s race results.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard

After a disastrous pit stop in Turkey, Ferrari yet again failed to release Sainz within the crucial 3-second mark in the United States; Sainz had to stall in his pit box for a costly 5.6s and paid the hefty price of losing his place to Daniel Ricciardo and later to Valtteri Bottas as well.

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Well, the Spanish media aren’t taking this lightly. Inducing an error once or twice wouldn’t have caused a stir, but, the fact that the same mistakes are repeated over and over again has left the media red-faced. As reported by Formula Passion, one of the Madrid newspapers lashed out at Ferrari for the US pit-stop debacle.

What did the Spanish newspaper write about Ferrari?

From the title to the content inside, there were accusations on Ferrari, who are certainly pulling back the ex-McLaren driver from defeating his new teammate, Charles Leclerc. “The umpteenth time that Ferrari apologizes to Sainz,” the title read.

It rains in the wet on Ferrari’s disastrous stops. Lately, Carlos Sainz has been suffering the impossible at every stop, and he is certainly the most penalized by the team in this aspect. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during qualifying REUTERS/Brian Snyder

“In Austin, he had to suffer another unfortunate stop, this time of 5.6 seconds. The list of problems he encountered during the tire change is already long: at Silverstone, they were 12.3 seconds, in Hungary 3.8, in Turkey 8.1,” one of Marca’s articles read.

This is obviously unacceptable from Ferrari. But what’s more shocking is that Sainz is still within striking distance of his teammate despite the roadblocks. And how amazing would it be if he manages to finish ahead in the championship!

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Well, again, for that to happen, Ferrari must find a way to end their pit-stop miseries with the Spaniard. Hence, with five more races in hand, can the Maranello crew manage to accomplish Sainz’s pit stops to perfection?

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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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