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Ferrari rue a Canadian GP to forget

Ferrari rue a Canadian GP to forget

Ferrari rue a Canadian GP to forget

Ferrari left Montreal pointless after both their drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz retired from the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix.

What made matter more disappointing is that Ferrari, on paper, should’ve been fast around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, that rewarded cars which ride the kerbs smoothly, something the SF-24 is supposedly good at.

But the writing was on the wall from qualifying, when both Leclerc and Sainz failed to reach Q3, and to make things worse on race day, Leclerc suffered from a power unit problem which eventually meant he had to retire, while Sainz crashed towards the end of the race, taking out a hapless Alex Albon in the process.

In there post race report Ferrari said: “The Canadian Grand Prix had nothing but disappointment to offer Scuderia Ferrari HP, with both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz having to retire from the race in Montreal.”

Leclerc went from full jubilation to absolute misery in the space of two weeks, after winning his home grand prix in Monaco and starting to put pressure on Max Verstappen in the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship closing the gap to 31 points, but with zero points on the board for the Monegasque this past weekend in Montreal, and the Dutchman winning, the gap grew again.

Leclerc: This one hurts

Leclerc said in Ferrari’s race report: “The bottom line today [Sunday] is that the engine issue is what compromised our race.

“We were losing substantial lap time compared to the other cars, so we tried to go on slicks, knowing that it was our only chance to try to finish in the points. There was nothing to lose and I’ve got no regrets on that.

“This one hurts and it’s a big loss of points for the team with both of us unable to finish. We will look into the issue we had to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he concluded.

As for Sainz, he is yet to recapture the early form that saw him win a race in Melbourne and was chasing his teammate all weekend.

His clumsy mistake meant he ended his race and also that of Albon, he reflected: “A race to forget for the team. We knew today was going to be difficult because we have been struggling all weekend with grip and car handling.

“The entire race was on the edge, and when I tried to push in the DRS train to overtake I made a mistake on the kerb and for that I want to say sorry to the team and to Alex (Albon).

“We have work to do ahead of Spain to understand what has happened this weekend and make sure we don’t find ourselves again in this situation in the upcoming races. We move on,” the Spaniard concluded.

Canada not a good weekend for Ferrari from the very beginning

Ferrari Team Principal, Fred Vasseur, summed up the Scuderia’s Canadian race, he said: “This has been a very tough weekend for us.

“On one side of the garage with Charles we had an issue on the engine which meant we lost around 80 horsepower for about 15 laps. We were hoping for a red flag to be able to do a reset and restart. There was no red flag, so we had to pit which cost us a lap and effectively that was the end of Charles’ race as he was lapped.

“With Carlos, he did not get a very good start and so he was in the pack and at one point there was contact in which he damaged the rear wing and also the floor, so it was impossible for him to continue,” he pointed out.

“For sure, it’s not been a good weekend right from the very beginning,” the Frenchman went on. “I hope it means we have had all our troubles in the one Grand Prix and that we will be back in Spain in much better shape. We will debrief and look at what we could have done differently.

“We didn’t expect this weekend to be so difficult especially as our long run pace was good on Friday. It’s a long season, so we will have ups and downs but I hope we don’t have too many ‘downs’ like this,” Vasseur concluded.