Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have indicated Ferrari has
sacrificed its Saturday prospects ahead of its São Paulo Grand Prix
assault. The Scuderia duo finished only seventh and ninth quickest
in the Sprint Shootout, used to determine the grid for the 100km
Sprint. Leclerc leads the duo and will start sandwiched between
AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo, despite the SF-23
having shown strong pace throughout Friday’s running at Interlagos.
On why he fell out of pole contention in SQ3, the Monégasque
explained: “I don’t know who else was on scrubbed tyres but we had
old tyres on, so we expected to not be great. “But we are keeping
the new tyres for somewhere else in the weekend.” All focus on
Sunday Whilst Leclerc was reserved over when the new tyres would be
used, teammate Sainz divulged Ferrari’s plans when addressing his
session. “On the Medium, we were actually quite competitive in Q1
and Q2,” explained the Spaniard. “Then for the Softs, we decided to
save the new tyres for the race. “We just simply decided to
sacrifice the Sprint quali and the Sprint to have, hopefully, a
better race on Sunday.”

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