Ferrari impressed with their speed in the third sector in Barcelona at the Spanish Grand Prix and many thought that they were going to fight for the podium at the Monaco Grand Prix. But Ferrari exceeded all expectations in training and qualifying and secured a pole position for the first time since the 2019 Mexican GP.
Leclerc’s shot into the safety barrier in the final moments of qualifying prevented Sainz from improving his time, but also all other drivers, and perhaps providing their first starting line-up after four years in the Principality.
The head of the team, Mattia Binotto, believes that the success of the team in Monte Carlo does not mean that Ferrari will be able to fight with Mercedes and Red Bull for victories on similar tracks such as Hungaroring and Marina Bay and that they will focus on getting the most out of the car (SF1000) on all tracks.
"I think there will be a track with slower corners on which we may be competitive again, but that is not guaranteed. Instead of thinking about which track we will be competitive on again, I think we have already focused on Baku, which is the next track, and then we will be focused on the next track because there is still room for better use of cars, "Binotto began.
"I think we have shown that we are preparing well for the race weekend, we can at least use the best potential of the car itself. There will be some upgrades, not many, but they will come and it is important that they work properly.
Sainz won second place
Unfortunately for them, Leclerc did not start the race due to a semi-axle problem, but Sainz won second place and repeated Ferrari’s best result from the start of last season. Asked when he will fight for the podium again, Sainz replied:
"I think it's a pretty direct answer: just look at the characteristics of the track in Monaco and then try to see which one is most similar to this one, you won't find many, and then you will realize that those tracks which I'm sure you mean, they're not the same.
"It doesn't mean that we will fight for the pole position or for the podium with Mercedes and Red Bull. I believe that they still have an advantage over us and it will be very difficult to get into a situation so that we can fight with them for pole and victory.
" "That's why it's hard to get over this weekend because you don't know when the next opportunity will come, but we have to be proud of the step forward we've made and how competitive the car has been this weekend."
"It's not easy to be fast in Monaco, and Charles and I were so fast thanks to the good work of the team and everything worked this weekend, "Sainz concluded.