Sainz Reveals Reason for Costly 12.3 Second Ferrari F1 Pit-Stop at British GP

Published 07/20/2021, 6:32 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Carlos Sainz may have signed off the British Grand Prix with eight points for Ferrari, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it was a gratifying F1 race weekend for the Spaniard, considering a top 5 finish was there for the take.


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While Charles Leclerc was leading the pack from the front, there was Sainz, cautiously steering his Ferrari off any troubles in P5. Then arrived the terrible pit-stop from Ferrari for Sainz.

The Spaniard endured a painful 12.3s wait in his pit box, while the mechanics couldn’t get the fresh front-left tire to bolt in. This led to Sainz losing out his P5 to Daniel Ricciardo, who from there on, defended hard to retain the position, forcing the Ferrari driver to see the checkered flag in P6.


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What went wrong with Sainz’s F1 pit stop?

It was quite unusual to see Ferrari botching their pit stop, especially on a weekend where big points were on cards. Unfortunately, Sainz ended up on the receiving end. But the Spaniard reckoned that it wasn’t the mechanic’s fault, rather blaming a sensor issue with the impact wrench.

That was a problem with the impact wrench. It was due to a sensor,” he said, according to Motorsport-Total. “But it wasn’t a fault of a mechanic. The mechanics responded well to the problem.

The mechanics couldn’t tighten the newly fitted tire and had to keep trying hard. Ultimately, despite the long pit stop, the Ferrari crew managed to get Sainz going.

But the biggest fear was Leclerc‘s stop, which was due the very next lap. Thankfully, the pit crew acted swiftly to deliver a sub-3-second stop for the Monegasque.


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It was even more difficult to overtake: Carlos Sainz

The Ferrari driver returned to the track behind Ricciardo after the slow pit stop. While a lot predicted Sainz to pull off a similar move to the Austrian GP, the reality suggested otherwise.

Running on hard tires, Sainz’s life only became harder, as the Spaniard struggled to keep up with Ricciardo amidst the impending dirty air.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

And on the hard tire, it was even more difficult to overtake him. I had the feeling that the hard tire couldn’t handle the dirty air,” he said. “I had even more understeer and couldn’t keep up in the fast corners.” (Translated via Google Translate)


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Overall, despite the minor mishap, it was an almost perfect weekend for Ferrari. What’s more, the Maranello outfit managed to garner a hefty 26 points, which could play a crucial role in the coming weeks amidst their intense battle for P3 against McLaren.

But who is ultimately going to finish ahead this season?


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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.