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Ferrari’s Promising Start in Bahrain Pre-Season Testing: Sainz Leads the Pack

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In the blistering heat of the Bahrain International Circuit, Formula 1 teams have descended for pre-season testing ahead of the highly anticipated 2024 season.

Day 2 saw Ferrari making waves, with Carlos Sainz Jr. spearheading their charge and setting the pace, signaling a promising start for the Scuderia.

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The morning session began on a tense note for Ferrari as Charles Leclerc encountered an unexpected obstacle, hitting a drain cover at Turn 11, triggering a red flag.

However, the setback didn’t dampen their spirits as they swiftly replaced the damaged floor of the SF-24, demonstrating their efficiency in handling adversity.

Enrico Cardile, Ferrari’s Head of Chassis Area, reassured fans, stating that the damage was minor, and the team proceeded with their plan seamlessly.

Despite the hiccup, Ferrari’s confidence remained intact, with Cardile cryptically hinting at positive feedback regarding the new Red single-seater’s performance.

Sainz emerged as the star of the afternoon session, clocking an impressive time of 1:29.921 on the C4 Pirelli compound, just fractions behind Max Verstappen’s 2023 Bahrain pole time.

His feedback on the SF-24 echoed Leclerc’s sentiments, highlighting improvements in drivability and a focus on long runs, hinting at Ferrari’s strategic shift towards enhancing race pace.

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Leclerc, while acknowledging Red Bull’s dominance, expressed optimism about Ferrari’s competitive edge, particularly in terms of drivability and tire degradation.

The Monegasque driver’s remarks underscored Ferrari’s determination to bridge the gap to the front-runners and stake their claim as title contenders.

Notably, Ferrari deviated from the norm by granting Leclerc additional track time in the afternoon, a decision that paid dividends as the team racked up an impressive total of 138 laps between both drivers.

This strategic move showcased Ferrari’s commitment to maximizing their testing opportunities and fine-tuning their performance ahead of the season opener.

While Ferrari stole the spotlight, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez trailed closely behind, securing the second-fastest time despite encountering challenges, including brake fires and power issues.

 

 

Despite these setbacks, Red Bull’s performance remained solid, reflecting their continued prowess on the track.

Mercedes, led by seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, showed signs of improvement compared to the previous day, with Hamilton securing the third-fastest time.

However, the team faced challenges with the W15’s handling, highlighting areas for further refinement before the start of the season.

Elsewhere on the grid, McLaren emerged as a dark horse, with Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri posting competitive lap times, signaling a resurgence for the British outfit.

Similarly, Aston Martin, Sauber, and Williams showcased steady performances, laying the groundwork for an exciting season ahead.

As the sun set on Day 2 of testing in Bahrain, Ferrari’s stellar performance cast a spotlight on their resurgence, signaling a shift in the balance of power within the grid.

With Sainz leading the charge, backed by Leclerc’s unwavering determination, Ferrari has set the stage for a thrilling battle for supremacy in the upcoming Formula 1 season.

As teams prepare for the final day of testing, all eyes will be on Ferrari as they aim to maintain their momentum and emerge as frontrunners in 2024.

 

This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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