After leaving the French Grand Prix back on June 20 disappointed with the performance of the SF21, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz said their plan of action was ‘one of the most impressive things’ he’s seen in his F1 career.
The Spanish driver came 11th at the Circuit Paul Ricard with his teammate, Charles Leclerc in 16th, after both men struggled with tyre performance amid Round seven.
However, Sainz revealed that the team’s efforts on a return to Maranello were impeccably quick and resulted in a boost in performance heading to R8 at the time – where Sainz came home in third.
Speaking about that race, the former McLaren driver said; “There’s been a lot of emphasis and focus put on this issue.
“The fallback in Paul Ricard was so dramatic in a way because we were all so surprised and said: ‘OK, we need to change this, and we need to tackle this as aggressive and as soon as we can’”.
After three days of constant meetings, analysis, and work on the car Sainz said their efforts to resolve the specific issue was “one of the most impressive feelings I’ve got as a racing driver, just to see such a big organisation tackling one certain issue.”
“The minute that happened, we all flew back to Maranello, we put together a few meetings, a few analysis and it was two, nearly three days intense work in the simulator, in simulations, in understanding our car to see what was the issue in our car to cause this huge problem you know and the way that the team reacted to that.
“[It] was quite impressive in a way that – to see such a big team, such a big boat going to tackle in one direction all pushing in the same way to this problem, and seeing how many theories, how many projects came up to try and solve it was one of the most impressive feelings I’ve got as a racing driver, just to see such a big organisation tackling one certain issue.”