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Ferrari remains realistic: 'Haven't seen the best of our rivals yet'

Ferrari remains realistic: 'Haven't seen the best of our rivals yet'

1 October - 18:46 Last update: 23:28
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With Charles Leclerc on pole, the Singapore Grand Prix is the perfect opportunity for Ferrari to make up some of the huge gap with Red Bull Racing. However, the Italian stable is not counting on getting rich just yet, realising that the rivals have not yet shown their strongest side.

"Our car was very quick today, as were our drivers, which is a very important factor on such a unique track as this one, especially in what has so far been a difficult weekend for everyone with rain and extremely changeable track conditions," Mekies interjects in a review of Saturday. The top man stated on the official website of Ferrari that it was difficult for the drivers and his team to make the right decisions during qualifying given the treacherous conditions.

Sainz will not start alongside Leclerc

Ferrari was aiming for a one-two, but that ultimately proved a little too much. "We were aiming to get both cars onto the front row, but overall this is an important result for the team, thanks to clear thinking between the drivers and those on the pit wall, which is good for everyone and gives the drivers confidence when approaching what will be a very long race."

Due to the bad weather and some problems on Friday, Ferrari has not really been able to gather much data and so the Italian formation does not really know where it stands. The other teams have also not driven much with a full petrol tank in free practice. "There are several question marks about tomorrow’s race because, like all the teams, we have not done much work on race pace, so we will be less well prepared than usual. In fact, we had to improvise a bit in qualifying, but, here especially, that’s all part of the game."

Ferrari expects a lot of opposition

At Ferrari, they think it will be tough enough to defend Leclerc's first position in the race. "I also think that today we did not see the best our rivals can do, so for tomorrow, not only must we execute our race perfectly, we also have to find a pace during the Grand Prix that will put us in the fight for the win," Mekies concluded.

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