Carlo Sainz finished the opening practice session of his home Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in P2 before finishing P4 in FP2 and ending the day three tenths of a second slower than teammate Charles Leclerc.
but Ferrari has now revealed that a problem with the fuel system in Sainz’s car has led to a chassis change ahead of Saturday’s race in Spain. The change was reported by FIA Technical Delegate Jo Bauer in his latest update on Saturday morning, confirming that the car’s Technical Acceptance Declaration form had been completed following the chassis change.
Ferrari later reported that it was “due to a problem with the fuel system.” The chassis modification does not carry any penalty or sanction. Ferrari unveiled a number of improvements to its F1-75 car that Sainz had on Friday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya “The potential is definitely there” as the team tried to retake the lead from Red Bull.
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More takeaways for Ferrari from FP1 and FP2
“We’ve seen some changes in the behavior of the car, which is good when you bring upgrades because you want to see some actual changes. So yes, [I’m] I’m happy to see them work and I’m happy to see them perform. At the same time, I think we didn’t take the right steps at the start of FP2 and slowed down a bit. We may know which direction not to go in and we need to go back to a feeling I had in FP1 which was better.” said the Spaniard in an interview ahead of his home Grand Prix.
— Chris Medland (@ChrisMedlandF1) May 21, 2022
But apart from topping the timesheets for Ferrari in FP2, Charles Leclerc was concerned about the team’s long-term pace and complained his tires were struggling. After FP2 he explained that he hoped Ferrari could do this “Find quite a bit of pace for tomorrow” and the “At the moment we’re just not strong in the race pace.”
Sainz wasn’t the only driver to have his chassis modified ahead of Saturday’s practice session in Spain. McLaren was forced to shut down the survival cell on Lando Norris’ car caused by damage discovered to the underside of the car after it drove over the speed bumps. The FIA also acknowledged that both Ferrari and McLaren breached the restriction to end the transition, with both using the first of two exemptions for the season.
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