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Damon Hill

Hill on Ferrari troubles: They're running with one leg all the time

After a disappointing Spanish Grand Prix weekend for Ferrari, Damon Hill believes that the team appear to have a continued problem.

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Damon Hill has compared Ferrari's recent troubles to "running with one leg all the time" given the mixed fortunes for Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz at the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix.

Sainz delivered a sign of promise on Saturday, having benefitted from the absence of the likes of Sergio Perez in Q3 to clinch P2 on the grid. However, the Spaniard slipped backwards in the race to eventually finish in P5.

On the other side of the garage, it was a nightmare weekend for Leclerc. The Monegasque qualified down in P19, leading the team to opt to start him from the pit lane after making changes to his car.

Leclerc missed out on scoring a point by ending the Grand Prix in P11.

Mixed fortunes for Ferrari

Reflecting on this, Hill admitted that Ferrari seem to have faced a continued problem in their drivers experiencing contrasting fortunes.

"What can you say about Ferrari? When one is up, the other is down," Hill told the the Sky Sports F1 Podcast.

"It's like they are running with one leg all the time."

Changes in form

As well as Ferrari's inconsistencies, Hill feels that it has been difficult to identify a clear pecking order behind Red Bull, with the form of each team seemingly varying depending on the track.

"It's a funny season in a way because we have seen quite a lot of disparity between apparent form on one circuit and the same form, or expectations, on another circuit," the former F1 driver commented.

"Everyone is scratching their heads apart from Red Bull, who are delivering on every track.

"We can't say we can look at Barcelona and say that is now the formbook for the rest of the season because Canada is a different track, so is Silverstone. There will still be variety through the field.

"Going forward, you have got the development curve and cost cap restrictions to think about."

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