Why all eyes are on Ferrari, and home hero Sainz, ahead of the running in Barcelona

Driving into the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on a gloriously sunny Thursday morning, we were met by a large queue just outside the main gate. At the front, and the cause of the tailback, was Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard’s Ferrari Portafino had been swamped by fans, singing his name and jostling for a selfie or an autograph. Sainz did every single one.