In a remarkable disclosure, Carlos Sainz has revealed that Ferrari had “concerns” over Charles Leclerc’s Bahrain Grand Prix retirement.
The Monegasque was forced to retire from the Formula One race in Bahrain due to a technical issue, and Sainz has now revealed that the Scuderia was cautious about the issue leading up to the race.
“We had some concerns regarding the car,” Sainz told reporters in a post-race press conference. “There was a lot of work done in the previous days to double-check, but unfortunately it didn’t go as we would have liked.”
The Spaniard went on to state that the team was “optimistic” that the issue would be resolved in time for the race, but it was not to be.
The Italian team had high hopes of a successful outing at the Bahrain Grand Prix, having come off the back of two victories in the previous three races.
Leclerc was looking to continue his strong start to the season and add to his tally of two wins, but instead found himself out of the race on lap 13 when his car suffered a technical issue.
Sainz, who finished in seventh place, was able to bring home some points for Ferrari, but the team will no doubt be disappointed that their star driver did not finish the race.
The Monegasque driver’s retirement has certainly been a setback for Ferrari, and they will be hoping to get back on track in the upcoming races.