Carlos Sainz had a lot of luck in the Imola GP, but it also was a good race, according to the Spaniard.
The conditions on the track were anything but good for the drivers. Starting with a wet track, it was very difficult for the teams to use the right tire compound and strategy.
The Spaniard Carlos Sainz also coped well with his first rain race for Ferrari, finishing fifth overall:
“To finish fifth in the first race in the rain is good. There are many things to improve, but we are not on the wrong track. Today it was time to attack after an average day. I risked a lot on the first lap and with no visibility in the first three or four laps I didn’t know what would happen. The strategy worked out well, although I made a few mistakes. I had to find the limit, I was able to recover quickly from the mistakes because I was fast on the track.”
The red Ferrari was very good in the corners, but would also lose some speed to McLaren:
“The strategy was pretty clear for the restart, the most complicated thing was the tire choice. We saw that McLaren risked a lot with the soft tire, but they were so fast on the straights that they didn’t care. We still need a little bit to fight with them on the straight and overtake them, but the car was going well in the corner.”
The Ferrari driver knows that he lost a lot of time off-track and that he missed the chance for a podium as a result. But considering that this was his first rain race for Ferrari, it was okay:
“I lost time on the downhills, and if I hadn’t lost so much time, maybe the podium would have been possible today. But it was the first time I drove the Ferrari in wet conditions, and I had to get a good feel for the brakes, so it’s normal to make mistakes. The most important thing is that I was fast, I’ll keep that up.”