In the usual appointment with Sky Sport after the race, F1 experts Carlo Vanzini and Davide Valsecchi were asked to give their opinion on Scuderia Ferrari’s performance in the latest round of the 2023 Formula 1 season, the British Grand Prix, which was held at the Silverstone circuit last weekend. Both agreed that the main problem was the lack of pace in the SF-23, along with some strategic errors and mistakes by the drivers.
However, neither Charles Leclerc nor Carlos Sainz could have done more.
“The result speaks for itself: in Austria, we left off with Fred Vasseur talking about a breakthrough with the new structure of the Pirelli tires. This happened because we saw that the red tire was competitive when it had never been used here at Silverstone. Ferrari was slow on Sunday. They were hasty with the first pit stop, which we struggled to understand as well. Perhaps they wanted to protect themselves from George Russell’s undercut. Certainly, with this result, there is disappointment and doubt. Charles Leclerc was disappointed after his second-place finish in Austria, let alone here,” said Carlo Vanzini.
“Charles Leclerc did well, Carlos Sainz didn’t have a great race”
Journalist Davide Valsecchi echoed these sentiments, emphasizing that the Monegasque did not make significant mistakes this weekend, yet he finished in ninth place. “In the end, what did Charles Leclerc do wrong this weekend? In my opinion, only when he opened up on the radio to joke on Saturday, which was not elegant towards the team. He didn’t make mistakes, it’s just that the car wasn’t performing. When he put on the white tires, everyone in front was doing the same lap time, but he had new tires,” said the former driver.
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On the other hand, the GP2 champion took a tougher tone regarding car number 55, who made a big mistake towards the end, losing three positions: “Carlos Sainz didn’t have a great race. He was faster than Charles Leclerc and could have been ahead of him, but then with the Safety Car towards the end, he was in worse conditions. With one mistake, he ended up losing three places. He made a wrong move; he shouldn’t have fought there. Today, without mistakes, Ferrari would have been seventh and eighth, with the two Red Bulls, Mercedes, and McLarens ahead.” – Davide Valsecchi concluded.