Mattia Binotto says Ferrari can hopefully work to lessen the front tyre issue that is impacting the race pace of its SF21, but solving the problem outright this season is unlikely according to the Scuderia boss.
Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc were nowhere to be seen in last Sunday’s French Grand Prix, the pair finishing the race outside the points following an afternoon of tyre struggles.
A pole position hat trick by Leclerc at Paul Ricard was never expected but both drivers qualified well on Saturday, with Sainz securing P5 as the Spaniard led the midfield pack.
However, Sunday’s race was a story of struggles for the Ferrari chargers related to the graining and degradation of their front tyres. Sainz admitted that the contrast in performance between Saturday and race day has turned into a consistent trend.
“It’s been a tendency, and I’m not going to lie, it has been in the back of our minds a bit going to every race,” Sainz said.
“We tend to struggle a bit in the races compared to qualifying, but I must say there have been a couple of weekends where this issue hasn’t appeared. For example, Barcelona, the race pace wasn’t an issue.