Carlos Sainz had a good start to his season with Ferrari, finishing P8 at the Bahrain Grand Prix. However, the Spaniard had admitted taking a more conservative approach on his first race with his new squad, something who gave him a “poor” start.
“I had a poor start,” said Sainz after the race. “Basically due to a couple of mistakes, but also me consistently taking it, maybe, a bit too easy in lap 1, just wanting to make sure I made it through that lap 1 and making sure that I was getting to know the car in dirty air conditions.
“It [was] a completely new experience, a completely new car, so I wanted to take it easy and wanted to make sure I did the whole race. Then once I got myself into clean air, honestly, I was very quick, so I’m not going to complain, I’m going to take it as a learning curve and keep improving,” he continued.
Talking about taking a more aggressive approach to his races to go for even greater results, as those he had last year with McLaren, Sainz said that it will “definitely come.”
“Especially because it was a conscious approach, if I was lost in lap 1 because I don’t feel the car, then it’s something to worry about, but I’ve always been super good in the starts with the McLaren and here, I’m still wanting to get to know the car in dirty air before I started attacking like I was in the McLaren, so it was kind of a conscious approach, and I will get on top of it soon.”
Despite of his conscious approach at Bahrain, Sainz closed the weekend on a happy note, saying he felt very quick and had a strong end to his Grand Prix.
“It’s pretty good, especially because, all things considered, I had a very strong end to the race. I was very quick on the medium and the hard tires,” he concluded.