Ferrari widens lead over McLaren

The seventh place of Carlos Sainz and the eighth of Charles Leclerc at the finish of the Qatar Grand Prix allowed Ferrari to consolidate the third place in the Constructors’ Championship – two races before the end of the season, the lead over McLaren increased to thirty-nine and a half points. Scuderia is pleased with the results of the last stage on the Losail track.

Carlos Science (7th): “Not the most exciting race due to the fact that you had to constantly monitor the tire wear. However, we did a good job and were able to implement the strategy of one pit stop, although before the start we had concerns about the possibility of its implementation.

As expected, the start on Medium turned out to be difficult – it was difficult for me to fight with opponents who started nearby. Then I focused on getting as many laps as possible on the first leg, and on the last laps of the race I kept track of the condition of the Hard tires. When I was told that I could safely attack to the finish line, I was able to have fun catching up with Okon and Stroll. However, due to the fact that they also used DRS, I was unable to overtake.

In general, we had a positively structured series of stages – I felt confident and the car was fast in every session and in the race. In addition, we have increased the lead over McLaren, which is also encouraging. Rest is essential for the final two races of the season, especially for the mechanics and other team members. Guys, thanks for your efforts!

And finally, congratulations to Fernando Alonso! Nice to see him return to the podium. “

Charles Leclair (8th): “The team ended the weekend with a positive result. I am pleased that the speed has returned to the car after a disappointing qualification. I am grateful to the mechanics for their work in replacing the chassis. From the very first laps of the race, I felt that the car behaves much better, and I can attack.

In terms of results, there is nothing exciting about finishing in eighth position, but given my place at the start and high pace, especially in the second segment on Hard tires, I think I played well. We will try to do our best to maintain the momentum in the final two races of the season. “

Mattia Binotto, team leader: “The result of the race should be viewed in the light of the positions in the constructors’ championship – we have taken another step forward in achieving the goal that we set for ourselves at the end of the season. We knew that on this track there could be problems with rubber wear, as it was already on the Paul Ricard track. That is why the team asked the riders throughout the distance to be careful and not take risks in order to implement the strategy of one pit stop. It was a conservative approach, but in the last laps of the race we were convinced that it worked.

The team did a great job, despite the fact that it was already the third race in a row. The mechanics did a great job, replacing the chassis on Charles’ car on time – this allowed avoiding a penalty with the loss of positions. Then the guys had a great double pit stop.

We will take a short break to rest and then try to finish the season with a good result. “

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