Sainz says Ferrari still lacking downforce to win this weekend
Jul.28 - Carlos Sainz doubts Ferrari can in Hungary this weekend repeat the sort of pole-setting and podium-getting form demonstrated by the Italian team in Monaco.
However, although Hungary has a reputation for being 'Monaco without the houses', Spaniard Sainz is playing down expectations for the weekend.
"I don't think it's such a good track for us," he is quoted by Spanish media.
Sainz explained that despite Hungary's status as one of the tightest and twistiest circuits on the calendar, it is actually significantly different to Monaco.
"With these cars, Budapest has become a medium to high speed track," he explained.
"If you look at Monaco and Baku, there are all these second and third gear corners. But Budapest, with these high downforce cars, there is a middle section where you're in fourth or fifth gear all the time.
"So it is not a purely low speed track as it used to be in the past."
Therefore, Sainz says he is expecting Ferrari to be clearly behind the top two teams, including Mercedes.
"As we saw at Silverstone, Lewis had a bit more pace than us on the hard tyres so I think they should be ahead in Hungary," he said.
Leclerc agrees that targeting victory in Hungary this weekend is "a bit too optimistic".
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