A single stop, Charles Leclerc who starts fifth confirming the placement at the checkered flag and Carlos Sainz who sinks in the final with hard tires now in crisis, problems that forced the Spaniard to surrender against compatriot Fernando Alonso, sixth ahead of the driver of the Maranello stable. “Surprising to beat a Ferrari“, the comment of Alonso at the end of the race, who never misses the opportunity to take small revenge against the Prancing Horse. On balance, however, what appears to be a disappointing race where Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri beat the SF21s both in qualifying and in the race, records in the Constructors’ classification the overtaking with a lot of extension by Ferrari against McLaren. Now the team led by Mattia Binotto is third with 11.5 points ahead of the Woking team.
The Corriere della Sera underlines the fact that Ferrari is forced to run in defense in the run-up to the podium of the team ranking, even if the hopes for Zandvoort were different on the eve: “The conditions seemed very different, on the 14 corners of Zandvoort the Rossa seemed to be able to express much more. It was an illusion, like Sainz’s ability to keep sixth. Alonso overtook him at the end. With a Ferrari like this there is little to be happy for Monza, the motor track. This offers the house, the car pays the limits of the 2020 one from which it derives, the team has chosen hyper-conservative strategies to keep the lead over McLaren. Like the decision to mount hard tires. Defense to the bitter end, hoping to change form in 2022 ″.
“If it weren’t for Alonso’s overtaking Sainz at the end, it would have been like one for Ferrari long race behind the Safety Car – we read instead on the columns of The Gazzetta dello Sport – fifth and seventh place were placings that allowed Ferrari to overtake McLaren with a good momentum, with Charles Leclerc overtaking Carlos Sainz in the drivers’ standings, the two exchanged sixth and seventh place ”.
The prospect of a home race in Monza for Ferrari in the role of supporting partner is underlined by The print: “In the Italian Grand Prix, unless there are surprises (in 2020 the success went to Gasly with the AlphaTauri of Faenza) will not be the protagonist. Ferrari is chasing two placings in the points like yesterday, better than 2020, but nothing to do with Leclerc’s triumph in 2019. The rebirth is postponed to next year for known reasons: 2021 is a year of transition “.
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