Carlos Sainz was showing good pace at Silverstone, but a slow pitstop compromised his race. Despite that, he is happy with P6 but believes that finishing in the top three was possible.
Carlos was recovering many positions after starting tenth on the grid, but when he pitted, something went wrong, and he lost almost 40 seconds in the pit lane. Sainz did not hide his disappointment, but he still praised the team for the good result.
“Yes, of course, when you have such a strong pace and you do fastest laps and you are as fast as we were today it’s difficult to take,” he said. “But considering that [on Lap 1 of the F1 Sprint (below)] I was last and I managed to finish P6 [in the Grand Prix] with a very slow pitstop, it is still a positive result.”
“I think the team has been great in pit stops this year and it’s the first mistake we do. It is what it is; it’s always going to happen during the year and congrats to Charles because today he put the car where it belonged.”
The Ferrari driver was also happy to see that the problems regarding the tire degradation seen in France seem to be solved.
“I mean, it’s been very positive, you know, to see that the car in clean air was as fast as it was today,” he said. “I think as you said, at some point, I was setting fastest lap on 25-[lap]-old mediums, so it shows that the tire deg and the set-up and the car balance is improving.
“We are indeed looking to improve all the areas, still, but today at this circuit that we thought it was not going to be very good for us; we delivered, and the car was very nice to drive.”