Through the columns of the official SkySportF1 website, Italian journalist Mara Sangiorgio analyzed the main events of the weekend in the United States Grand Prix, focusing particularly on the result and performance of Scuderia Ferrari at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
“From a pole to disqualification, and also through a missed podium opportunity. Charles Leclerc’s weekend in Texas turned into a nightmare, even one of suffering, considering a tooth problem that bothered him quite a bit,” the Italian journalist begins.
The Monegasque driver (just like Lewis Hamilton) was disqualified following the race due to an irregularity with the underbody of his car, losing the sixth place he had achieved on the track. “After the setback in Qatar, the Texan weekend was supposed to be a bit of a redemption for the Scuderia, but the final balance is somewhat disappointing. Although with Lewis Hamilton’s disqualification, Carlos Sainz gained, celebrating a third-place finish for the third time in his career, albeit not on the podium but with the cases already packed and the cars loaded. In the constructors’ championship, Ferrari managed to regain a few points against Mercedes,” Mara Sangiorgio emphasizes.
Mara Sangiorgio: “Weekend Prepared Well, But…”
According to the well-known Italian journalist, despite the SF-23 car’s regained speed in dry conditions, there are several factors heavily penalizing Ferrari: “At Maranello, the weekend with the Sprint had been well-prepared, and indeed, the onlye positive note remains the competitiveness in qualifying, which had been lacking for a while. The major obstacle for this Ferrari remains the race, especially in the early stages. It’s not just a matter of tires and degradation. With a full fuel load, the SF-23 struggles, and in Texas, the start was devastating for both Ferrari drivers.” – he pointed out at the end of the United States Grand Prix in Austin.
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Finally, Mara Sangiorgio concludes her analysis with a bitter consideration for the near future: “In these conditions, fighting for top positions becomes challenging, and indeed, in Austin, Ferrari proved to be the fourth force. To keep the goal of second place in the constructors’ championship alive, much more will be needed.”