After the good performance at the Red Bull Ring last weekend, Carlos Sainz wants to repeat himself and score good points at the Austrian GP.
After a disappointing qualifying, Sainz was happy about his race performance. He started outside the top ten and almost caught Lando Norris, who was in P5.
“Last Sunday’s race was very good, we had a lot of pace and perhaps it was my best race as a Ferrari driver, in which everything went according to plan. Now we want to continue with this good moment and run races like the one in Styria more often,” said Sainz.
Sainz also explained that every team in the midfield had some difficult races, for example, Paul Ricard and Portimao for Ferrari. Despite that, the race in Styria was good and he hopes to do well this weekend too since in the midfield battle it is important to score good points every weekend.
“In the middle zone, performance changes a lot from race to race. We have limitations with the front tires and our weaknesses have been exposed on circuits like Paul Ricard and Portimao. On tracks like this, which are not so limiting, we have no problems. Although the circuit does not adapt well to our car, as we saw on Saturday, we made it clear that in the race we can go fast,” he explained.
“The tire management was the best of the season and in the strategy, we also did well. It was perhaps my best race of the year. It was not the perfect weekend, but the points are distributed on Sunday and it was the day we fulfilled the last week,” he added.
To conclude, Sainz said that to perform well this weekend it will be crucial to understand the softer compound of tires. Plus, finding a good balance for qualifying and race is going to be important too.
“Finding the configuration key will be easier since we have information from the previous race. Of course, understanding the operation of the softer tire and the new tires that two Pirelli will give to test on Friday will not be easy. Maybe I can. to be the tire of the next races, in case we are happy with it, so we will have to get good information,” Sainz concluded.