Carlos Sainz Jnr is surprised by how much grip he found on sections of the Paul Ricard circuit which have been patched up.
Although the entire circuit was resurfaced during the off-season, newer patches of asphalt have subsequently been added at some points on the track. Sainz said these small sections are “like sandpaper” and offer very high grip.
“It’s a strange feeling because there was a lot of sliding going on today and suddenly you reach those patches and the car behaves completely different,” he explained. “You are trying to anticipate a bit your driving style, anticipate your braking to that kind of changing grip because it’s quite heavy.
“The patches are mid-corner – you go into a corner not knowing what’s going to happen until you hit them.”
However Sainz doubts the variation in grip levels will help promote overtaking this weekend. “No, we’re Formula 1 drivers and by race day we know where the fastest line is,” he said.
Paul Ricard’s kerbs present an additional hazard, Sainz noted. “We have three different kinds of kerbs for the track. Some you can run them perfectly, [on] some pick-up is a bit harsher and some others you cannot touch.”
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