In an analysis published on his official Youtube channel, Peter Windsor explained how different the driving styles of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are. In particular, the former general manager of Scuderia Ferrari, now an expert journalist of Formula 1, focused on the way in which the Spaniard and the Monegasque approach the corners.
Peter Windsor’s analysis
Peter Windsor, who worked as general manager for Ferrari’s UK base in 1989, only to return to Williams as team manager in 1991, first underlined how Carlos Sainz makes more use of the track by braking on the straight and going deep into the corner before turning and accelerating: “He keeps very wide at the entrance to the corner, so he breaks more on the straight and runs deeper into the corner before giving input to the steering. He takes a longer curve, and this is quite safe because by doing so he can have a greater awareness of where he is, to put it in very basic terms” – the Formula 1 journalist and former Formula One team and sponsorship manager explained.
Peter Windsor then highlighted how Charles Leclerc takes the corners much faster, essentially shortening them: “Anticipating the corner allows him to maximize the performance of the tire and to obtain the thrust of a spring that Carlos Sainz is unable to obtain. And this could be a weapon that he can use as he begins to corner counteracting the release of pressure on the brake pedal.”
Finally, the Australian journalist concluded his analysis by stating that the Monegasque and Max Verstappen use the same approach.
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