es Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were involved in a very entertaining battle for the final podium position for the Italian Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc has said that he loved racing against his Ferrari teammate in Monza.
Ferrari looked strong during the entire weekend in Monza. During the practice sessions, Carlos Sainz showed a bit more pace than the Monagasque driver. This pace translated into a pole position for Carlos Sainz.
With Max Verstappen starting 2nd, fans did not expect Sainz to hold the lead for too long. However, the straight-line speed for Sainz proved to be too strong even for the Red Bull to overtake. Max Verstappen had to wait for the pole sitter’s tires to degrade before overtaking. Once Verstappen passed Sainz, no one stood in his way. Even Sergio Perez who started in P8 got past both the Ferrari’s before the end of the race.
🎙️| Charles Leclerc:
“It was too much from Carlos on the defending side. It was also too much from me in the attacking side.”
“It means so much for us to be on the podium here in Monza. That’s why we gave it our all.”
“Yes it was on the limit, but I’ve always said this is how…
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Soon after Perez took 2nd position, Charles Leclerc decided to battle his teammate for 3rd position. The 2 Ferrari drivers were involved in an intense battle until the end. Carlos Sainz won this battle and finished 3rd. His teammate was just over a tenth behind him.
“It was too much from Carlos on the defending side. It was also too much from me in the attacking side.” Charles Leclerc said after the race. “It means so much for us to be on the podium here in Monza. That’s why we gave it our all. Yes, it was on the limit, but I’ve always said this is how I love racing. I’ve loved today. It was fun.”
Although he might have given a bit of a scare to the Ferrari team and Carlos Sainz. It seems clear that Charles Leclerc enjoys this type of racing and the fans certainly loved watching their battle.
Will Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz be competitive once again in Singapore?
After a long time, the Ferrari showed a decent pace in Monza. Although they were not able to get the win, they were able to go wheel-to-wheel with the Red Bulls and then with themselves. The Tifosi will be hoping that this pace transpires to the following races as well.
Earlier in the season, it was speculated the Ferrari were strong on high-downforce track. However, the results from races like Canada, Belgium, and Monza prove otherwise. The next race will be at the Singapore Street Circuit. The Ferrari may not be very strong on this track. Other teams like McLaren and Mercedes may be stronger here.
The @ScuderiaFerrari team mates holding NOTHING back ⚔️
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McLaren’s car is very well suited for high downforce tracks. So we can expect them to be competitive in Singapore. Unlike Monza, the track in Singapore does not provide many opportunities to overtake. However, this is the first time we will be experiencing the new layout of the track. The organizers along with the help of Formula 1, have made a number of changes on the track to help the drivers overtake. Let’s see if these changes make any difference.
It will be interesting to see if Ferrari can be competitive once again in Singapore. If not, they will be focusing on next year’s car to fight for the Championship.