Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz dominated the second Friday practice as he set the fastest time of 1m 28.942 seconds on his low-fuel run with fresh soft tyres. However, his teammate Charles Leclerc had a tough run as a power unit issue hampered the Monegasque’s FP2 in Silverstone after a rain-affected FP1. The Ferrari driver finished fifth in the second practice, 0.255 seconds behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. And Leclerc finished fourth in rain-affected FP1, where no drivers finished more than ten laps.
The 24-year-old revealed that it was a tricky day for Ferrari as they did not get enough data from the FP1 because of the weather and very few laps. Moreover, Charles said that he had some problems during FP2. However, he hoped that Saturday could be a cleaner day for Ferrari, and things go their way.
Further, Leclerc was unsure of the radio messages during the coverage. He revealed that some power unit issues made it very difficult for him to drive his F1-75. However, the Ferrari driver assured the media that everything was fine. He shared that it was a small set-ups issue more than a major problem. Leclerc added, “So we will modify it for tomorrow.”
Charles was asked if the problem unit issue restricted him from setting a faster lap on soft tires during FP2. To that, the Monegasque responded that his car was more tricky to handle on soft tyres. He revealed that the soft tyres did not feel as good as the mediums. However, Charles stressed that Ferrari faced small issues that could be managed easily. Furthermore, Leclerc was positive about the car’s performance and hoped Ferrari put everything in place to have a good Saturday.
Sainz Confident About A Dominating Saturday In Silverstone
Carlos Sainz had an impressive run on Friday. He set the time during FP2 after losing the lead in Canada when Leclerc had to retire. However, the Spaniard outpaced Lewis Hamilton on Friday, who was 0.163s behind. Verstappen commented that it was no surprise that Ferarri was the fastest on Friday as Sainz was asked for a response.
The 27-year-old responded that his team expects to be competitive at every circuit this season because of their competitive car. He mentioned that Red Bull had been the same while having lesser bumps than Mercedes and a bit more high-speed. Carlos said, “So yes, I think we all know coming into this weekend that it was going to be a tight battle. And again, it looks like it’s the same here.”
Sainz felt that there was no reason why Ferrari could not dominate during the FP3 and qualifying on Saturday under cloudy conditions in Silverstone. Sainz told that it would be interesting as Ferrari was pretty competitive on soft tires on Friday.