Carlos Sainz Jnr says that finishing second at Monaco “doesn’t taste as good as it should” after team mate Charles Leclerc was unable to start the race.Max Verstappen. While Sainz says Ferrari should be “proud” of their weekend, he admits that the team’s satisfaction was dampened by the problems that befell his team mate.
“It is a good result,” says Sainz. “I mean, if you had told me before coming to Monaco that I would have finished second, I definitely would have taken it.
“The whole circumstances of the weekend – having Charles on pole, me missing out in qualifying yesterday on a good lap – it maybe doesn’t taste as good as it should. But I’m sure when I reflect back on the weekend, I’ll be very happy and proud of the weekend. I think Ferrari, as a team, they need to be proud about the car and the step they’ve done this year.”
Sainz says the confidence he felt in his car’s performance helped him to handle the pressure of having to carry all of Ferrari’s hopes for the afternoon.
“When you see the other car not starting from pole, all of a sudden the responsibility falls on you to salvage the weekend,” says Sainz.
“One car is out, starting from pole, and you want to give the team at least a podium. It was all about getting the start right and there was a lot of traffic around the pit stops, we were lapping the cars very quickly. Obviously Valtteri [Bottas] had the problem in the pit stop, but even without that I was feeling very confident in the car today and I felt the team at least deserved a podium this weekend.”
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