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Sainz: It hasn’t been an easy day with the bumps

Sainz: It hasn’t been an easy day with the bumps

Sainz: It hasn’t been an easy day with the bumps
Carlos Sainz was in decent form on Friday of the 2022 United States Grand Prix weekend, but revealed he suffered from the bumpy surface of the Circuit of the Americas (COTA).

Sainz topped FP1 on Friday, over two tenths faster than Max Verstappen in second place, and was fourth at the end of the FP2, dedicated for testing Pirelli’s prototype tyres.

“We were definitely on the pace today,” he said at the end of the day, quoted by Formula 1‘s official website. “It hasn’t been an easy day with the bumps; it’s always challenging here in Austin to have a good balance and to have a good ride over the kerbs and bumps.

“But in general, even if it wasn’t the most comfortable car to drive out there, we were quick, which is what counts,” Sainz added.

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“In terms of pure pace, it does,” the Spaniard said in response to a question if it was one of his better Fridays. ” In terms of feeling, not so much.

“There’s still a bit of work to do on the car for tomorrow, especially FP3 where we need to test a couple of things that we couldn’t test in FP2 because of the Pirelli test – so a few things are on the checklist,” he concluded.

The busiest FP2 for Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc missed out on FP1 – Robert Shwartzman took over the #16 Ferrari – but was quite busy in FP2 where he tried to make up for the lost time in the first practice as well as run the programmed Pirelli test.

“It was really busy! I think it’s the busiest FP2 I’ve ever done,” Leclerc said. “But it was nice, it was fun – loads of laps, loads of tyres. Obviously the prototype tyres, too, that we’ve tested.

“It was a positive day overall, the feeling is good, and having done so many laps in FP2, we’ve recovered a little bit the lack of running we had in FP1,” the Ferrari driver revealed.

“Now we always need to do a step up from the Friday to the Saturday, but the feeling is good – so I hope we can have a good Saturday,” he concluded.

Shwartzman reflected on his FP1 outing in Red; he said: “My first free practice in the F1-75 felt amazing today. We completed everything we had planned for the session and the team was satisfied with the work we did.

“The track was challenging, bumpy and windy, which took some getting used to,” he added. “As a driver you always want to push more and you want to go for the performance, but my goal today was to improve progressively without taking any risks while driving a completely new car. I am happy to have achieved that.

“I’m looking forward to driving again in Abu Dhabi for my second free practice. I think that with my knowledge of the track there and the experience gained today, I can do even better.

“Thank you to Scuderia Ferrari for their trust and this opportunity,” Shwartzman, who finished FP1 16th fastest, concluded.