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Sainz: Ferrari’s pace on Friday “pleasant surprise”

Carlos Sainz at the Italian GP. Credits: Reddit.

Carlos Sainz was delighted with Ferrari’s performance during Friday practice sessions at Monza.

Though they did not have big expectations for the Italian GP, Ferrari led both . Charles Leclerc and Sainz were 1st and 2nd respectively in FP1. The Spaniard was on top of the standings in FP2, while the Monegasque ended the session in P3.

Sainz was happy with how the race weekend had started.

“It’s been positive because, obviously, after coming from Spa – the last [lower] downforce track where we struggled a lot – we expected to not be very competitive here. But I must say that from FP1 the car has felt in a much better window, in a much better position than where it was in Spa,” he said.

“Lap times were coming easy, the stopwatch doesn’t lie, and we were more and more on the pace, so it’s been a pleasant surprise. It doesn’t mean we are the fastest; I don’t think we are the fastest out there by any means, especially in the long runs. But at least we are closer than what we thought.”

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