Dutch Grand Prix Sunday race

Charles on the podium, a frustrating race for Carlos. After a frustrating race, Scuderia Ferrari leaves the Netherlands with third place thanks to Charles Leclerc and eighth with Carlos Sainz. The F1-75’s race pace did not match the potential shown in qualifying compared to its closest rivals.

Difficult circumstances

Several events threatened the outcome of the race for Charles and Carlos. Charles Leclerc ran a solid second in the early stages and made his second pit stop just before the virtual safety car period, following Yuki Tsunoda’s retirement. This allowed the two Mercedes drivers who pitted under VSC to get in front of the Monaco driver without having to overtake him on track. At the end of the race, a safety car exit following technical problems with Valtteri Bottas’ car put Charles in position to attack again and with his usual determination he was able to secure his sixth podium of the season by overtaking Lewis Hamilton.

Pit lane problem

Carlos Sainz had a worse time today, right from his first pit stop. He was called to the pits late and when he stopped the left rear tire was not ready. Carlos lost around nine seconds and thus several positions. He re-entered eleventh, then did well and moved up the standings to sixth. During the Safety Car exit after Bottas stopped, Carlos pitted again for a soft set of tires and planned to attack until the end. As he left he had to slow down to avoid the McLaren pit crew in front of him. This meant that the F1-75 was moving slowly, so when Fernando Alonso came up behind Carlos, he had to slow down to avoid crashing into the Ferrari. This incident was seriously considered a dangerous exit and Carlos received a five-second penalty. He crossed the finish line in fifth place, but a penalty moved him to eighth.

To Monza

The team now returns home knowing they need to work on their racing performance. The World Championship continues next Sunday with the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

Charles Leclerc #16

“We’re not particularly happy with P3 today as we started second but we weren’t fast enough. The first stint was really good on the soft compound. I was pretty confident, but everything was more challenging on the medium set of tires, especially when the Mercedes was so strong on the hards. We’ve had bad luck with Virtual Safety Car, but I don’t think it’s going to change much for us. Our rivals seem to have improved their pace, especially in the race, and that is something we will focus on. We’re off to Monza next. Although on paper it doesn’t look like it will be the strongest race for us, we are always extremely motivated to go there. It’s our home race and I can’t wait to see our fans again.”

Carlos Sainz #55

“We had a very tough race today and things just didn’t go our way. The set-up we went to didn’t work as expected and after falling behind Lewis Hamilton at the start we were a bit off the pace overall. Obviously the late call for the first pit stop cost us a lot of race time and then I got a penalty for a dangerous exit, although there was nothing else I could have done in the situation as I was trying to avoid hitting the McLaren mechanic in front of me . It’s difficult, but now we’re focused on the next race at home in Monza.”

Mattia Binotto Team Principal & Managing Director

“We cannot be satisfied with our race today. After a good performance in qualifying, the car didn’t have the speed to win and unfortunately it’s not the first time in recent races. We have to analyze everything very closely because the difference in performance between qualifying and the race shows that we have not been able to use the full potential of the car. Now we go to Monza where we can expect a warm welcome from our tifosi. We know that we can always count on their support and it will be great to finally see full stands at the Autodrom after limiting the number of spectators due to Covid last year. We will do our best to make our fans proud, even though we already know that it will not be an easy race given the performance level of our opponents.”

Source: Scuderia Ferrari

Formula 1 – HEINEKEN DUTCH GRAND PRIX 2-4 September 2022

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