Although Ferrari had better form than Mercedes at Interlagos, they took only two more points from Brazil.
The winner of this year’s Constructors’ Cup has long been clear. However, who will take second place behind Red Bull is still uncertain.
The second place among the teams is currently occupied by Mercedes, who had a troubled weekend in Brazil. Ferrari is now 20 points behind the German team – although it didn’t quite shine at Interlagos either, it was better at the race pace than the representatives of the team from Brackley.
Nevertheless, Ferrari managed to pull down only two points on Mercedes. The main reason was certainly the withdrawal of Charles Leclerc before the start of Sunday’s race, due to which the Monaco native could not take advantage of the start from second place. According to Carlos Sainz, there was another reason in Brazil why the red cars did not score more points in Sao Paulo – namely, unsuccessful starts.
“It showed both in the sprint and in all the other starts that I made during the weekend,” said Sainz, quoted by the website RacingNews365.
The Spaniard showed his embarrassment at the starts already during the race, when he announced on the radio that he hoped the team would throw his car’s clutch in the trash after the grand prix.
“I’m disappointed because it certainly cost us some points over the weekend. We had a problem with the starts from the beginning of training and we couldn’t solve them,” regretted Sainz.
The Ferrari driver also lamented the fact that his colleague Charles Leclerc did not make it to the event on Sunday due to technical problems.
“With Charles in the race, it would be a great opportunity to further reduce the loss to Mercedes. However, the pace of our car was not good either. It was a missed opportunity,” added the native of Madrid.