Laurent Mekis: We were surprised by the start of Carlos Sainz in the sprint

Ferrari decided to split the strategies in the São Paulo sprint: Charles Leclair used Medium and Carlos Sainz used Soft. The team’s sporting director Laurent Mekis explained the choice.

Laurent Mekis: “We knew that Soft tires would give an advantage at the start and in the first laps, but at the end of the race they could lose efficiency. And in the case of Medium, the opposite is true: in the early laps it was more difficult to attack and defend, but at the end of the segment they could gain an advantage. That is why we have chosen different strategy options.

Carlos started off amazingly. Several riders next to him also started on Soft, but it worked better. We were counting on this by putting softer rubber on it. He climbed to second place, and eventually finished third – such a result will add to his confidence in today’s race.

Carlos had a few bad starts this year and didn’t like it, so he trained on the simulator, as each team has its own starting procedure. He focused on doing it right in Brazil. In addition, he was more pleased with the car during the weekend than Charles, who was not happy with the balance.

I do not have the feeling that we are fast on this track, but the team did a great job and ahead of McLaren in qualifying. However, our task is to close the gap with the leaders, and in qualifying we lost almost nine-tenths to them. In the race, you have to do everything right to stay ahead of McLaren. “

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