In the round-up: Carlos Sainz Jnr says McLaren remain Ferrari’s biggest rivals this season, despite their recent form.
Sainz sees former team McLaren as Ferrari’s biggest rivals
Sainz finished second in last week’s race, while team mate Charles Leclerc took pole position. However for now Sainz is convinced that form was “a bit of a one-off.”
“We need more samples,” he said. “We need more tracks to see if this is really happening. But I think our fight is more with McLaren than with Red Bull.”
However Sainz admitted the team “could have won” in Monaco. “I think the pace was there to win and we couldn’t maximise it,” he said. “But we will have more chances in the future.”
Pit stop gamble backfired – Fittipaldi
Pietro Fittipaldi finally made his Indianapolis 500 debut yesterday, three years since he missed out on the opportunity due to injury, and came in 25th after gambling on his final pit stop of the day.
The Coyne/Rick Ware racer, who is driving Romain Grosjean’s car for the four oval races on this year’s calendar, ran as high as third at one stage but had to pit for fuel with just five laps to go.
“It wasn’t the finish we were looking for,” said the former Haas F1 driver. “We got caught out by the first yellow after our first stop. We were making our way back up on the restarts and the number 51 car was really racy. Every restart we made up two or three spots.
“We were running in the teens when we made the call to pit under the last yellow to then try and save fuel to only have one more stop to do, but it didn’t go our way. Had a yellow come out, it would have been great, and we would be looking at a different result. It just wasn’t our day.”
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On this day in F1
- 40 years ago today Gilles Villeneuve won the Monaco Grand Prix for Ferrari by passing Alan Jones, while Nelson Piquet crashed out of the lead. Michele Alboreto made his F1 debut
May on RaceFans
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- How Hamilton exploited Verstappen’s error to win – and ensured he won’t forget it
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