Silverstone, Ferrari smiles with Carlos Sainz
The positive note for Ferrari is called Carlos Sainz. Even at Silverstone, the Spaniard has shown speed from the first lap on Friday, finishing just 22 milliseconds behind Max Verstappen in the second free practice session. It’s an unequivocal sign that the SF-23 is still competitive in single-lap pace. The challenge now lies in finding the solution for race pace, but with the recent developments, it seems to be getting closer to a resolution.
Tomorrow, Carlos Sainz will have the opportunity to attack the top positions, perhaps not the pole position, given the speed shown by Max Verstappen, but it is Sunday that the Spaniard is looking at with great interest. There is a lot of curiosity to see how the SF-23 will perform with the new Pirelli tires on a circuit that is inherently challenging. Performing relatively well in the race would be the litmus test for the validity of the development path taken.
Carlos Sainz’s words
“Today was a demanding Friday. The first session was difficult due to both the wind and track conditions,” commented the Spanish driver to Ferrari’s channels.
“However, we managed to complete our program, and that helped us make good progress in the next session. We need to continue working on tire management as well as race pace, and tomorrow we will mainly focus on these aspects since our single-lap performance is not bad. Overall, we are quite satisfied, although we know that there is still work to be done.” – the Ferrari man concluded.