Carlos Sainz lands Ferrari in trouble

Ferrari found themselves in hot water at the 2023 Dutch GP as a result of Carlos Sainz's actions.

Ferrari have been fined €5100 following two incidents in qualifying at the Dutch Grand Prix, involving Carlos Sainz.

In the first incident, Sainz was judged to have sped in the pit-lane during Q1, by just 0.5kph.

The pit-lane speed limit in Zandvoort is 60kph,and Sainz was judged to have gone 60.5kph during the first part of qualifying.

This wasn’t the only incident which happened in qualifying involving Sainz, who almost hit Oscar Piastri, also in Q1.

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When exiting the pits, Sainz immediately tried to get over to the racing line; however, he didn’t realise that the McLaren driver was already there on a prep-lap.

Piastri was forced to take avoiding action and drove onto the grass.

Sainz quickly got onto the radio to insist that he couldn’t see the rookie, but this didn’t stop the stewards from wanting to investigate the incident.

Both Sainz and Piastri were summoned by the stewards, with Ferrari having received another fine as a result.

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The Maranello-based team were slapped with a €5000 fine but no grid penalty was awarded.

It means that Sainz will start from sixth on Sunday at Zandvoort, whilst Piastri will start directly behind in P8.

Both drivers safely made it through to Q3, as did Sainz’s team-mate Charles Leclerc.

However, Leclerc brought out a red flag in Q3 after crashing at Turn 8, with the Monegasque having just touched a wet part of the track whilst on Soft tyres.

Should his car not require a new gearbox, then he’ll start from ninth.

There was significant damage to the rear of his SF-23, meaning that there is a reasonable chance that a new gearbox could be required.

Sixth and ninth on the grid isn’t really what Ferrari were targeting, but their car has looked twitchy all weekend.

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Turn 1 in particular has been a huge challenge for the side, with Leclerc having gone off at the opening corner three times on Saturday alone.

A podim will likely be a bit too big of a task for Sainz and for Leclerc, especially as Red Bull, McLaren and Mercedes all appear to be stronger than the Italian team this weekend.

Even Williams have shown exceptional pace, with Alex Albon having qualified fourth.