In the round-up: Carlos Sainz Jnr expects that Ferrari’s performance will continue to fluctuate between races
Sainz expects Ferrari’s form will continue to vary race-to-race
After Ferrari’s form has fluctuated depending on the circuit, from being strong in Baku to off the pace of their rivals in Barcelona, Sainz does not expect that Ferrari’s form will stabilise any time soon.
“I think our pace in Austria will depend a lot also in the characteristics of the circuit,” Sainz said. “I think our pace varies a lot, depending on that.
“We’ve seen places like Monaco or Canada, we are stronger than places with higher speed corners like Barcelona where we struggled a bit more. So I think we will see variations in our competitiveness.”
Palou to continue to push for wins despite lead
IndyCar Series leader Alex Palou says he has no intentions of taking a conservative approach to the coming races despite building up a 71 point lead in the drivers’ standings.
The Chip Ganassi driver has won three races this season, all of which in the last four rounds. Despite a healthy championship advantage, Palou says he will not change his mentality going forward.
“I would understand racing for points on the last two races, but it’s too early,” he said. “We did eight races. There’s still eight or nine left.
“We’re going to focus on scoring wins because that’s the way we can score more points. Honestly, there’s some races coming up now that are still really good for us and we know we’re going to have a car and my confidence to fight for wins.”
Hamda Al Qubaisi converts pole to close gap to Garcia
Hamda Al Qubaisi converted her pole position into victory in the opening F1 Academy race of the weekend in Zandvoort as championship leader Marta Garcia retired.
The MP Motorsport driver led the entire race to lead home Lena Buhler in second with Nerea Marti taking third. Garcia pulled out of the race with a problem on her Prema, retiring from third position. The result sees Garcia’s lead over Hamda Al Qubaisi in the championship fall from 41 to 13 points.
Fellow MP driver Amna Al Qubaisi will start on pole for race two this morning before race one winner Hamda Al Qubaisi will resume pole a second time for race three.
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