Caesar Florio equates Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc
Cesare Fiorio’s words
Cesare Fiorio, former Ferrari team manager, told Raceweek his thoughts after what happened at Silverstone.
“I watched the Grand Prix with some friends, and as soon as I realized that a Safety Car was going to come out I said ‘if I were at the race wall I would call the cars in to mount the soft tires,’ which actually happened, but unfortunately this move was not made even with respect to Charles Leclerc. I don’t know why they didn’t call him in, because at the time of the restart on hard tires for Leclerc it was an unequal fight. Leclerc should not have been penalized in this way. In any case, it is important to point out that Carlos Sainz is not Leclerc’s wingman. He is an equally good driver and is able to compete and carry on Ferrari’s results at a high level. Certainly Leclerc is stronger than him in Qualifying, but by very few hundredths of a second, however, in the race they are both worth the steering wheel they have in their hands. Sainz could deserve this victory, he was not the wingman of another driver, he was a driver who was doing his race. As world points, despite the accidents he had at the beginning of the season, they are now very close in the standings. However, I didn’t understand why they didn’t put soft tires on Leclerc as well even though that would have meant a double pit stop with a loss of two or three seconds, but no more. To Ferrari’s credit, though, it has to be said that even though they started from very far back now in this one Ferrari is the best car on the track and this is a great merit that Ferrari has been able to win.”