Ferrari had their top performance of the season at the Italian GP, securing 3rd and 4th positions. This race also marked their highest point tally. Nevertheless, it created some tension within the team as Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. competed for third place without any instructions from the team. Sainz Sr. encouraged his son to discuss this matter with the Ferrari boss, but when he failed to do so, Sainz Sr. took matters into his own control.
Sainz Jr. and Leclerc engaged in a fierce battle, prompting Sainz Sr. to advise his son to ask Ferrari for an explanation regarding why he was consistently instructed to maintain his position while Leclerc had the freedom to race. Nevertheless, Sainz Jr. comprehended the team’s choice and chose not to heed his father’s counsel.
Despite his father’s frustration, Sainz Jr. was satisfied with the events of the race and had been prepared for a fight from the beginning. He knew his position was not secure and was ready to fight until the end. He valiantly earned a podium finish in Monza, which made the result even more satisfying.
In the interviews after the race, Sainz Jr. shared his delight in the on-track competitions and commended the thrilling spectacle it offered to Formula 1 enthusiasts. The fierce rivalry between teammates brought an additional element of excitement to the race, and there is optimism for witnessing more exhilarating racing in upcoming events.
The Italian GP proved to be a successful race for Ferrari in terms of their performance. However, it also brought attention to the internal conflicts within the team concerning team orders and favoritism towards Leclerc.