Is Ferrari prepared to win the F1 World Championship after Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz’s dismal Canadian GP? F1 News

Following a dismal weekend for Ferrari at the Canadian Grand Prix, Sky Sports F1 assesses whether the Italian team is ready to end its title drought.

Ferrari suffered its first double DNF in two years as a surprising lack of pace was compounded by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz failing to finish the race.

From the highlights of Leclerc’s home win in Monaco to power unit issues, team and driver errors, plus tire issues in Montreal, Ferrari finds itself scratching its head ahead of the Grand Prix of Spain.

Max Verstappen’s victory at the weekend puts him 56 points ahead of Leclerc in the drivers’ championship and left Ferrari 48 points behind Red Bull in the constructors’ standings.

Before Montreal, Leclerc believed Ferrari could beat Red Bull in at least one of this year’s championships, but those hopes took a hit over the weekend.

If Ferrari is to be considered a serious contender, whether this season or not, they can’t afford weekends like this where almost everything went wrong.

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Highlights from the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

Strategy and tire problems cause early elimination in qualifying

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was expected to adapt to the characteristics of the Ferrari car, with its quick change of direction and its ability to climb kerbs.

However, a rainy Friday and cool conditions in qualifying did not work in the Scuderia’s favor. Both drivers safely passed the first part of qualifying, but were eliminated in Q2.

Ferrari decided to send Leclerc and Sainz on used soft tires to save a new set for Q3. This backfired and left Leclerc in 11th and Sainz in 12th on the grid.

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Ferrari suffered a double blow when Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz failed to make it out of Q2 at the Canadian Grand Prix.

“The biggest problem was that we were very slow. Every time it was dry, we went nowhere and we have to investigate it,” Leclerc said. Sky Sports F1.

“Since FP3, we haven’t gotten anywhere. The car feels bad. There is no grip at all. The tires never felt ready.”

Ferrari used new soft tires at the start of Q2 because they thought rain was coming. However, the track evolved and other teams with new tires overtook them and broke into the top 10.

Sainz made a mistake in the last corner of his last Q2, which cost him around three tenths, which was another reason for his surprising elimination.

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Ferrari pair Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were dejected after being eliminated in Q2.

“If we did everything perfectly with the new tires working at the beginning and not at the end, and a cleaner last corner, Q3 would be possible, but the reality is that it was too tight,” said Sainz.

“Normally, on any other track, running the used one at the end, we would still have made it to Q3 and would be fighting for pole, but when you don’t get these details right, you get caught.”

More engine problems for Leclerc

Things did not improve in the race as Leclerc suffered a power unit problem and was unable to make any progress.

Ferrari attempted to resolve Leclerc’s lack of power, which it described as a new problem, during a pit stop, and at first it appeared to have worked.

However, they also opted to put dry tires on it when it started to rain, which they would then have to change a few laps later when the rains intensified.

The Monegasque driver was soon overtaken by the leaders and then the engine sprites returned, forcing Ferrari to retire his car after 40 of the scheduled 70 laps.

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Both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz reflect on a “frustrating weekend” in which the Ferrari teammates suffered a double retirement at the Canadian Grand Prix.

“I was losing 1.2 seconds on the straights, which was extremely annoying,” Leclerc said.

“Then I had 10 changes per lap in the engine change, which was a very frustrating race because everyone overtakes you on the straights.

“In the corners we were quick and I think the pace was pretty strong at the start, all things considered, but there was nothing we could have done better with the engine problem.”

It is not the first time that Leclerc’s car has experienced engine problems in 2024 after Ferrari detected a problem with its new power unit after the Miami Grand Prix.

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Both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz reflect on a “frustrating weekend” in which the Ferrari teammates suffered a double retirement at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Another problem at Imola led Leclerc to use a third power unit and he was also given a new energy accumulator and control electronics in Canada, so he is already on the verge of penalties for excessive use of power unit elements. power.

“At the start of the weekend I said we had to restart every time we come to a new weekend. That’s exactly what we’ve done,” said Leclerc.

“Whatever happens last weekend, you have to restart and you can’t rely on Monaco’s performance. We knew it would be difficult.”

“We probably had a worse surprise than in qualifying and this is what we have to consider.”

Sainz spins in the fight for points

As for Sainz, who earlier this weekend was the subject of a very public courtship by Williams boss James Vowles, he didn’t have the pace of his Ferrari teammate but felt the car starting to come towards him. him as the track dried. outside.

However, he suffered damage to the front wing and floor in an early collision with Valtteri Bottas. Then, when he was running tenth, Sainz went wide at turn six and spun, hitting Alex Albon with the rear of his car.

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James Vowles says “the world is changing” at Williams and Carlos Sainz would feature prominently as talks with the Ferrari driver continue.

“A driver error. I started taking some risks because in the dry we were a little more competitive and there was potential to score some points if I took a little risk and overtook cars on DRS trains, but I ended up paying the price,” he said. the Spanish.

“That’s another sign: when you push a little hard, you don’t have a lot of confidence and the car isn’t 100 percent, you end up paying for it.”

“It’s quite disappointing to go from our strongest weekend to our weakest. That’s F1 these days. We have to analyze everything to come back stronger.”

Is Ferrari behind McLaren?

Ignoring its tremendous weekend in Monaco, Ferrari has been beaten by McLaren in China, Miami, Imola and now Canada.

They are 40 points ahead of McLaren in the constructors’ championship, but it is the Woking team that has the momentum and the more versatile car.

Ferrari has traditionally struggled in wet and cold conditions over the past 10 years in F1, a trait that appears to remain with this year’s car.

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Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz reflects on the Canadian Grand Prix.

As F1 heads to Europe in the summer, there should be plenty of interesting races to help Ferrari, but they still seem not ready to challenge week after week, despite a massive improvement under the leadership of Frederic Vasseur.

“The most difficult race weekend, I don’t know,” Vasseur said when asked if Canada was his most difficult event since taking over as Ferrari team principal in early 2023.

“But it sure wasn’t the best. Sometimes you have the feeling that everything is going wrong and everything is going against you.

“But that won’t change the approach we are working on as a team, with the drivers in good times and bad. We will keep the same approach for next weekend and continue together. I am not afraid of this type of weekend. week. “.

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