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Sainz: Porpoising a bit of an issue in Jeddah

Sainz: Porpoising a bit of an issue in Jeddah

Sainz: Porpoising a bit of an issue in Jeddah
Ferrari’s Friday of the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah wasn’t the smoothest of days, as despite Charles Leclerc going fastest, Carlos Sainz admitted “porpoising” was an issue, as both drivers found the wall in FP2.

Leclerc was fastest overall at the end of the second practice session around the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, but the Monegasque clipped the wall with his front left tyre, damaging his suspension which came his test to a premature end.

The same applied to his teammate Carlos Sainz who rubbed the wall with his rear right tyre, also ending his running, as both drivers were deprived from long runs on high fuel loads.

Speaking after the session in the team’s press release, Sainz said: “As expected these cars are behaving differently here in Jeddah compared to Bahrain and we keep learning more about how to set up the car for different conditions and corners.

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“Porpoising was a bit of an issue at a certain point but I’m not concerned. As last year, understanding which is the best tyre for the race is important for the strategy,” he added.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t do the long run at the end of FP2 after I brushed the wall and we had to stay in the garage. We’ll see what tomorrow brings,” the Spaniard concluded.

Leclerc won’t lose confidence

Leclerc was on the pace on day, but his had to stop with 20 minutes left from FP2, for the team to look at his F1-75 and fix the damage caused by his incident with the barrier between Turns 6 and 7, but his fastest time remained on top with now one else going faster.

“It was an unfortunate end to an otherwise good day,” Leclerc said in Ferrari’s media brief. “In FP2 it was a small mistake, but not one that makes me lose confidence.

“I expected the front to slide around more and I clipped the inside wall at turn 4,” he revealed.

“Focusing on tomorrow, I think the pace is there. It’s a bit of a shame we couldn’t get the high fuel laps done, but we should be in the mix for tomorrow,” the Ferrari driver added.