F1, Carlos Sainz goes down flat on Ferrari strategy in France
The Spaniard doesn’t hide some regrets
He literally raced a roller coaster, Carlos Sainz, on the Le Castellet circuit: having started nineteenth, the Spaniard was the protagonist of a great comeback up to third place, when, however, Ferrari’s conservative strategy led him to a last pit stop that caused him to lose the chance to place among the top three.
At the microphones of ‘Sky Sport,’ Sainz spoke about the very last part of the race and the decision to make an additional tire change to avoid bitter surprises: “The data showed that the tires had no chance of making it to the end. The problem is that I am a driver: I had started nineteenth, found myself in third position after just passing Checo, was flying around the track, and at that moment I heard ‘Box.’ A moment of discussion with the race wall is normal.”
“The team listens to me, you have seen it in the last races, this time I listened to them,” the Ferrari driver further explained. “I am convinced that we are doing well, we are learning and we are strong. Too bad about the penalty, I had the pace to win. The slow pit stop and the five-second penalty also affected me: fifth place finish is good, but I always want more.”