Carlos Sainz Jnr admitted he was upset with his first point-less finish for Ferrari in a race where he believes a top five result was possible.
“I’m a competitive guy. I know that today it was in our hands and in my hands to score a top five, top six result with a decent race execution and the pace that we’ve shown all weekend.
“So to come out with zero points and only 11th place, it’s difficult talking about the positives.”
Having lined up fifth on the grid, Sainz committed to an early pit stop which left him with a 45-lap stint on medium tyres to complete. However it quickly became clear the team’s car couldn’t make the most out of that rubber. Charles Leclerc switched to medium tyres and finished the race ahead of his team mate.
“Hindsight is a beautiful thing and on hindsight, clearly, the hard today was simply a stronger tyre, particularly on our car,” said Sainz.
“The combination of the medium with our car was just not working well today. In hindsight for sure we would have done things very differently. But with the data we had available before the race was we thought that the soft-medium strategy was going to be okay and it clearly wasn’t.
“So a lot to analyse and a lot to go through now in the next three or four days. I’m sure we will take the right conclusions and improve going forward.”
“The feeling with the car, the pace all weekend, even the race based up until the graining was good,” Sainz added. “I will think more positively tomorrow for sure.
“But today, you guys know how competitive I am and how angry or just upset I am about the situation. So let’s see when everything calms down and I digest this.”
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