Carlos Sainz claims Canadian GP a ‘race to forget’ for Ferrari

Ferrari came away from Montreal with a disappointing double DNF.

Carlos Sainz claims Canadian GP a ‘race to forget’ for Ferrari

Carlos Sainz, Fred Vasseur and Charles Leclerc (via IMAGO)

The weekend in Canada was a spanner in the works for Ferrari. After winning the race in Monaco, the Italian powerhouse was understood to be on the right foot to take the fight to Red Bull. However, the weekend was an abomination for Ferrari as both its drivers were knocked out in Q2, and further the team saw a double DNF in the race. This prompted Carlos Sainz to label the race as one to forget.

In the initial rounds of the season, Ferrari seemed to be the only team capable enough to take the fight to Red Bull. This was proved at the Australian GP, where Carlos Sainz brought home a stellar win for the prancing horses. Similarly, Charles Leclerc won his home race a few weeks back making a statement that Red Bull is in real threat.

However, the Ferrari hype train was derailed around Canada, as Sainz explained.

It was a race to forget for the whole team. We knew it would be difficult as we continually struggled to find grip and with the car balance. Throughout the race I tried to do my best and when I started pushing to get back into a train of cars with DRS I made a mistake touching the curb which put an end to my race. I apologize to the team and to Alex (Albon).
Carlos Sainz said in an interview with Formula Passion

The Spaniard had qualified 12th on the grid, and aimed to make progress through the pack. However, due to the changing conditions, the weather seemed unpredictable. Later, he spun around and collected Alex Albon, ending both driver’s races, which acted as the final nail in Ferrari’s coffin around Montreal. Sainz claimed it to be a race to forget for the whole team.

Carlos Sainz now sets his sights on conquering the Spanish GP

While the Canadian GP weekend was one to forget for the team, the next race is the Spaniard’s home race. Moreover, the 29-year-old would like to return to the top step of the podium and would want the engineers at Maranello to fix the issues around the SF-24.

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz(via IMAGO)

The Maranello-based-outfit has a decent amount of work to do ahead of the Spanish GP.

We need to work before the Spanish Grand Prix to understand what we did wrong this weekend and make sure we don't find ourselves in this situation again on future occasions. It's time to move on.
Carlos Sainz said in the post-race interview

The 29-year-old elaborated that a debrief should be held at Maranello to scout out the issues with the car. Furthermore, they should work on fixing them as it would hamper their progress moving up the grid and make their title bid a futile one.

Despite Ferrari’s sudden slump, the team is expected to be leading the charge yet again in Spain. Thus, Red Bull might have to give the hurry up to Sergio Perez to save the constructor’s trophy after a horrific weekend for the Mexican in Canada.

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