Ferrari forced to change Carlos Sainz’s chassis overnight due to a fuel system issue

Carlos Sainz's F1-75 had to undergo a chassis change ahead of his home Grand Prix at the Catalunya

Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz finished P2 in the opening practice session of his home Grand Prix at the  Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya before finishing at P4 in FP2, finishing the day three tenths of a second slower than teammate Charles Leclerc.

But Ferrari has now revealed that a fuel system issue on Sainz’s car has prompted it to complete a chassis change ahead of Saturday’s running in Spain. The switch was reported by FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer in his most recent update on Saturday morning, confirming the scrutineering declaration form for the car had been completed after the chassis change.

Ferrari later reported that it was “due to a fuel system issue.” The chassis alteration carries no penalty or sanction. Ferrari launched a number of improvements for its F1-75 car on Friday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which Sainz felt had “definitely got potential” as the team looked to reclaim the lead from Red Bull.

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More takeaways for Ferrari from FP1 and FP2

Ferrari's F1-75 on Friday at Barcelona
Ferrari’s F1-75 on Friday at Barcelona

“We’ve seen some changes in the behaviour of the car which is good when you bring upgrades, because you want to see some actual changes. So yeah, [I’m] happy to see them working and happy to see them performing. At the same time, I think we didn’t do the right steps going into FP2 and we we made ourselves a bit slower. We know maybe which direction not to go, and we need to go back into a feeling that I had in FP1 that was better,” said the Spaniard in an interview ahead of his home Grand Prix.

But besides surpassing the timesheets for Ferrari in FP2, Charles Leclerc was concerned about the team’s long-run tempo, complaining that his tyres were having issues. After FP2, he stated that he hoped Ferrari could “find quite a bit of pace for tomorrow” and that “at the moment, we are simply not strong on race pace.”

Sainz wasn’t the only driver who has had his chassis changed ahead of Saturday’s practice session in Spain. McLaren was forced to turn the survival cell on Lando Norris’ car caused by damage discovered on the bottom of the car after having to run over the speed bumps. The FIA also acknowledged that Ferrari and McLaren both violated the restriction to finish the transition, both using the first of two exceptions for the season.

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