The Tifosi experienced a rollercoaster of emotions during the race weekend in Monza. Ferrari’s SF-23 demonstrated impressive speed during practice and the Sunday race. In qualifying, Carlos Sainz narrowly defeated Max Verstappen by 13 thousandths of a second to secure pole position. Nevertheless, a former Ferrari leader highlighted the reason behind Sainz’s inability to translate his strong performance into a victory on race day, attributing it to the clever strategies employed by the current World Champion.
Sainz began the race well and successfully maintained his lead over Verstappen at Turn 1. However, Verstappen never allowed him to feel at ease, consistently keeping the distance between them under one second. This continuous pressure eventually caused Sainz to make an error and surrender his position in the race. According to former Ferrari Boss Peter Windsor, Verstappen’s persistent pressure played a vital role in his ultimate victory. Regrettably, Windsor’s anticipation of Sainz being quicker did not materialize.
Windsor discussed on his YouTube channel how Verstappen consistently stayed behind Sainz, which ultimately contributed to his victory in the race. Windsor also mentioned that Red Bull notified Verstappen about his rear tires deteriorating and recommended taking action. Verstappen responded by emphasizing the superior speed of his car on straightaways.
Sainz, even though he came in third, received a lot of support from the fans at Ferrari’s home race, which helped him stay positive. Verstappen had a good day, but Sainz showed bravery and skill during the entire weekend, earning his place on the podium.
Following the Italian GP, Sainz conveyed his appreciation to the Tifosi for their constant backing. He recognized that he exerted maximum effort to prevent both Red Bulls from surpassing him but conceded that they still held an edge over Ferrari during the race.
Ferrari had an exceptional weekend, leading the pack once more. If they can consistently maintain this level of performance, the team’s comeback may be within reach.