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Ferrari took “quite impressive step,” say rivals

Charles Leclerc in Bahrain 2021. Credit: Getty Images

Ferrari seems to have found its momentum again.

The Italians put in a strong performance in yesterday’s qualifying session and will start from positions four and eight.

Charles Leclerc showed a solid performance and finished fourth, “only” seven-tenths of a second behind pole-sitter Verstappen. His new teammate Carlos Sainz finished eighth and again showed why he is the right man for the second cockpit at Ferrari.

An interesting fact is also that Ferrari was almost as fast compared to 2020, making them closest to last year’s pace compared to all teams.

Ferrari’s new power unit was rated as very strong in the run-up, but such a strong performance was not believed, especially in the other teams.

Williams’s head of vehicle performance, Dave Robson, said:

 “I’d say, to be honest, the works team have taken actually a really quite impressive step based on today. I think Leclerc was exceptional. So I’m sure that some of it is a good step up in the power unit.”

Alpine Managing Director Marcin Budkoswski commented:

“Ferrari were strong today, a little bit stronger than we expected them [to be],” says Budkowski. I think that group with McLaren, with Ferrari, with AlphaTauri, with ourselves, Aston Martin and I think Alfa Romeo were not far off either – that group is very, very tight. It’s almost like fifth to 16th is going to be tight and circuit-to-circuit, conditions-to-conditions it’s going to be variable.”

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