Ferrari introduced forward of the race weekend at Istanbul Park that Sainz could be beginning behind the grid on Sunday after the workforce took an all-new energy unit, giving him the upgraded hybrid system.
It meant Sainz centered his Friday working on race tempo to organize for Sunday’s grand prix, however Leclerc surged to second place on the timesheets in FP2, ending inside two-tenths of championship chief Lewis Hamilton.
Sainz mentioned that whereas he nonetheless relished the problem of combating via the sphere in Turkey, he was “a bit much less” excited after seeing what Leclerc may do.
“Now I see the place Charles is within the low gas, and also you see that he might be combating for a podium, it makes me [feel] a little bit of a remorse [for] the truth that I’m not going to be there on Saturday to combat for it and on Sunday to combat for it, except I do an enormous comeback that’s clearly fairly unlikely,” Sainz mentioned.
“It simply makes me really feel a bit extra down, simply because I want I might be up there with him combating for greater locations, taking a look at the place the tempo of the automotive is that this weekend.”
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari on the press convention
Photograph by: FIA Pool
Sainz vowed to “hold the religion up” that he may “have some enjoyable going via the sphere” to attain factors, however added he “would a lot quite be within the prime 5 in quali and within the race”.
The excessive grip ranges in Turkey might play to Ferrari’s benefit, permitting it so as to add extra front-end downforce to the automotive that aided Leclerc’s surge to second in FP2.
The Monegasque driver has scored two pole positions this season, topping qualifying in each Monaco and Azerbaijan after impressing in observe.
However Leclerc was cautious of studying an excessive amount of into his Friday efficiency in Turkey, believing the main groups nonetheless had extra tempo to seek out.
“The sensation has been good all day, however we shouldn’t get carried away as a result of I really feel like the highest groups have extra to indicate,” Leclerc mentioned.
“Additionally on excessive gas it’s been trying good. So every thing appears to be like Positive for now, however once more, it’s solely Friday.
“So for now I wish to hold my head down, hold working as laborious as we are able to to try to wonderful tune the automotive to have an ideal quali tomorrow.”