In Free Practice 2, Carlos Sainz outperformed teammate Charles Leclerc by a tenth, setting the fastest timings for the French Grand Prix. Sainz firmly intimated that he will start the race on Sunday from the rear of the grid, thus his impressive one-lap performance in France will be for nothing.
Following his dramatic finish to the Austrian Grand Prix two weeks ago, Sainz was given a new control electronics unit on Friday, but this came with a 10-place grid penalty for the Spaniard, eliminating him from contention for pole position on Saturday.
Sainz, though, gave a strong indication that the 10-place penalty was not going to be the end of his penalties this weekend and that additional power unit modifications were likely on the horizon when he spoke after leading FP2 at a scorching-hot Paul Ricard track.
While Sainz’s time helped Ferrari finish more than half a second ahead of competitors Red Bull could manage on Friday afternoon, teammate Leclerc led FP1 and came in second in FP2. The Red Bull Ring winner gave his appraisal of Ferrari’s pace at Paul Ricard.