Carlos Sainz can be happy at the end of the first day of the weekend after finishing P4 in FP2, and he also said that he enjoyed the low grip conditions in Portimao.
It has been said that the new asphalt in Portimao is very slippery, and many drivers did not like it. However, Carlos said that he enjoyed it, showing that he is the son of a Rally champion.
“Yeah, a very… very positive day for me,” he began. “We keep the learning curve, we keep the different track conditions today and probably the lowest grip of the season so far; Bahrain and particularly Imola was high grip; today was slippery. And it’s another experience in the bag just to see how the Ferrari feels in very low grip conditions, very gusty, and just going through my processes and having a decent day.
“I do like low grip conditions. It’s always something that I guess is in my nature, and I do like the hassle of having to find grip in places where there is not.”
Despite a good performance on Friday, Sainz admitted that Ferrari’s pace might not be fast enough on Saturday, and their rivals can have an advantage.
“But at the same time, you know, we saw in Imola, that on Friday we tend to be a bit stronger than maybe on Saturday, Sundays. Is that because of fuel or engine? I’m not sure.
“Then we see other teams taking bigger steps on Saturday, so I’m going to keep it on the cautious side and see how it goes tomorrow.”
Charles Leclerc agrees with his teammate, and he also admitted that the track surface is incredibly slippery and it is not easy to drive.
“Oh, it was the same. Very, very tricky to drive the car, but I’m having fun in those conditions. It was very tricky, maybe too much in FP2 to have fun with the wind, especially there were quite a lot of gusts everywhere on the track, so difficult to stay on track, but apart from that, it’s been a good day.
“We’ve done all the program that we wanted to do, and it looks like we are quite competitive for now, so we need to keep pushing,” Leclerc concluded.