After a complicated Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz explained that track evolution and bad tire management cost him his race end and a P6 finish.
Sainz started the weekend in a decent way, being very close to Charles Leclerc’s lap times and showing confidence throughout the weekend, even after a surprising crash during the third practice session.
After qualifying P6, the Spaniard had a very clear goal in mind: attack and eventually overtake Leclerc and Pierre Gasly to finish fourth. However, things went from bad to worse on Sunday when Sainz discovered a slippery track that made it difficult for him to find his marks and reach his peak rhythm. This added to excessive tire wear led the 27-year-old to a difficult afternoon and a late position loss in favor of fellow countryman Fernando Alonso.
“It has gone from being a race to attack Pierre and Charles to go the whole race looking at the mirrors because nothing was going,” Sainz told DAZN.
“It was a very strange race. From the second or third lap, I had no rhythm, I was sliding more than in free practice, than in qualifying, I was not going like the rest of the weekend.
“Little by little I have been going backward, I’ve been wearing tires to go to the pace of those in front, and in the end, I paid for both things: bad pace and a lot of wear.
Following this difficult race, Sainz will fly back home one place behind his teammate in the drivers’ championship. However, a good team result is to be noted as Ferrari claimed the third position in the constructors’ standings after scoring 15 more points than main rivals McLaren in Zandvoort.