Sainz: “We collected information on tyres and asphalt, now let’s analyse the data”

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At the end of a two-sided day’s work for Scuderia Ferrari, Carlos Sainz analyzed his Friday at the Miami GP.  A day in which the SF-23 marched well on the flying lap, slowly gaining on the race pace but which allowed the technicians to collect important data.

It was a two-sided Friday, that of the Miami GP, for Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. A Friday in which, data in hand, the Maranello team confirmed the trend seen last week in Baku, i.e. a fast car in qualifying simulation but much slower in race pace.

In fact, on a track that was not too favorable for the SF-23, the Scuderia brought the first innovations of the season to the track (including the new fund), reaping the benefits in the qualifying configuration given that, as mentioned, Carlos Sainz closed the day in second position behind Verstappen’s Red Bull and ahead of his teammate.

On the contrary, the updates don’t seem to have improved the race pace situation, an area where the Ferraris appeared decidedly slower than Red Bull and beyond.

Carlos Sainz took care of analyzing the day of the Italian team at the end of FP2. The Spaniard said he was satisfied with the amount of work done, useful for gathering information on a track with a different feeling compared to 2022 due to a new and more abrasive asphalt.

“Today, as expected, was a busy day with high temperatures and lots of work to do. The asphalt is different than last year, so it was important to have a good feeling with the new conditions.”

Work from which, obviously, the Cavallino technicians have collected a lot of data to work on to try and improve the SF-23 during the night. Interventions that will be able to improve the difficult situation on race pace, but will hardly be able to reverse it, at least considering the large gap enjoyed by Red Bull.

“We completed the program we had in mind, we tried all the compounds and we collected a lot of data to be analyzed.”