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Ferrari names strength that is 'key to success' on Sprint weekends

Ferrari has been one of the most successful teams on Sprint race weekends, having scored a combined 43 points between Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

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Ferrari Head of Chassis, Enrico Cardile, believes the team's CFD modelling has been a key strength that has enabled them to have success on Sprint weekends.

Carlos Sainz was third on the list of most points scored during the six Sprint race weekends this year, having scored 22 points and a single podium.

Teammate Charles Leclerc fared better with podiums having amassed two, but was slightly lower down in fifth with just 21 points.

Teams are given a limited amount of running on Sprint race weekends, owning to the single practice session format and jumping straight into qualifying on Fridays. The format is set to be discussed for the future to help improve the spectacle.

“I’m happy with the level of correlation we’ve achieved, whether it’s CFD, wind tunnel or the driving simulator,” he told AMuS.

“They also help us understand. The harder part is finding a solution to the problems that arise.

"If you ask your tool the right questions, you will get the right answers. Since it’s a lab test, you have to test the right things. Exactly those as they appear in reality."

Ferrari does better on Sprint weekends

Ferrari averaged the best finishes throughout the season in Sprint race weekends between Leclerc and Sainz, which Cardile puts down to their preparation.

“On a sprint weekend you only have one hour to set up your car. You are much more dependent on your preparation, and that is the result of your simulations.

"We recognize that on average we perform better on sprint weekends compared to other teams. That is one of our strengths.”

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