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Carlos Sainz

Sainz advises against Ferrari upgrade - report

After starting the season on a strong note, Ferrari has appeared to slip back in the Formula 1 pecking order of late.

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Carlos Sainz is set to revert to an old-specification floor at the British Grand Prix this weekend, diverting from Ferrari's recent upgrades.

Ferrari started the 2024 Formula 1 season strongly and was consistently claiming podiums and appearing as the second-fastest team behind Red Bull.

However, at recent events, it appears it has slipped back in the order with McLaren and Mercedes improving their on-track form.

While the team continues to develop at a rapid pace, it appears the upgrades are not pushing it entirely in the right direction.

At least, that is the conclusion being drawn by the Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Ferrari introduced a major floor upgrade at the Spanish Grand Prix earlier this season in a bid to improve its on-track performance.

However, La Gazzetta dello Sport's report states Sainz has advised the team not to use the new floor at the upcoming British Grand Prix weekend.

Ferrari compared the different floor specifications on the simulator earlier this week in a bid to get a further understanding of the different parts.

Following the test, the Spaniard is set to revert to the floor from an earlier specification after the conclusion was drawn that in an attempt to catch up with the competition, Ferrari has actually gone in reverse. 

"It's a problem we've seen more often in recent years,” the report reads. 

“The start of the season is good, but then it weakens. Having a super wind tunnel, a super simulator and all the money in the world to make investments is not enough.

“You need winning ideas from the engineers to keep a project on track. McLaren is a great example of that."

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