Ferrari Team Principal Frederic Vasseur has addressed the outburst
from Carlos Sainz during the São Paulo Grand Prix, after losing
positions at the start of the race. Sainz dropped down from seventh
to 13th after a poor launch, with clutch issues being a
long-standing problem for Ferrari, but something it is unable to
fix in-season. Over the radio, Sainz quipped: “I just hope we bin
this clutch, as soon as we’re back in Maranello.” He managed to
recover to sixth after overtaking Lewis Hamilton and George Russell
midway through the race, taking home eight points and closing the
gap between Ferrari and Mercedes in the Constructors’ Championship
to 20 points, as Vasseur brushed off any concerns over the
comments. Vasseur has explained that Ferrari will take a look at
the faulty clutch, after later complaining that the left gear shift
paddle with “sticking” while going through the gears. “On the first
start he had a false start, we need to understand exactly what’s
happened on the first one,” Vasseur told media, including
RacingNews365 . “We are struggling a little bit with the start and
but it’s marginal. If you have a look on the second one, this new
one went pretty well.” Sainz’s reliability troubles come during the
same race that team-mate Charles Leclerc crashed out on the
formation lap due to an electronics failure, which caused both the
engine hydraulics and power steering to shut down.

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