Could Ferrari have solved the Sainz SF23 issue in Qatar in time?

Could Ferrari have solved the Sainz SF23 issue in Qatar in time?

Peter Windsor finds it difficult to understand why Ferrari was unable to solve the fuel system leak in Sainz’s SF23 in time just hours before the start of the Qatar Grand Prix.

Peter Windsor finds it difficult to understand why Ferrari was unable to resolve a fuel leak in the fuel system of Sainz’s SF23 in time just a few hours before the start of the Qatar Grand Prix. According to the British journalist, as well as the former head of the Ferrari technical office, The error discovered by Maranello’s men could have been solved within an hour; But the mechanics who abandoned all hope at 6.05 p.m.

Could Ferrari have solved the problem with Sainz’s SF23 and entered it at the start of the Qatar Grand Prix? © F1

Could Ferrari have solved the problem with Sainz’s SF23 and entered it at the start of the Qatar Grand Prix?

“Due to a problem with the fuel system of his car, Carlos will not participate in the Qatar Grand Prix.”The Scuderia made the announcement in a short statement about an hour before the start of the Qatar Grand Prix.

All this seemed somewhat strange to Peter Windsor, who commented on what happened in the Ferrari garage as follows: “Before the race Ferrari announced that Carlos Sainz would not start due to what they described as a problem with the fuel system.

“It is a very complex and incredibly sophisticated race car. The fuel system problem cannot be solved Carlos Sainz was out of the Grand Prix and couldn’t start…I mean, “That hasn’t happened in a long time.”

“I’ve been in Formula One long enough To remember occasions when there were fuel pressure problems, fuel gauge problems, “All these things were arranged on the grid and the car started.”


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According to some rumours, mechanics noticed the leak about two hours before departure. but, They will start working on the car about 60 minutes before the start of the race. In fact, it’s all the teams that decide Put fuel in the tank as late as possible to avoid evaporation of gasolineEven more so with the scorching heat seen in Lusail.

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It seems strange to me An hour before the race they said it was not possible to solve the problem, it was impossible.”, The English journalist adds. “I can only assume he had something to do with it With the need to remove the tank from the car or something similar.”

So Ferrari couldn’t do anything else Leave the car in the garage to focus on racing the other SF23 still in competition, that of Charles Leclerc. And at the end of a very difficult race. Monaco crossed the finish line in fifth place, Minimizing damage in the struggle for second place in the constructors’ championship with Mercedes.

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