Carlos Sainz revealed that his podium spot was in jeopardy during the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Sainz finished his first season with Ferrari on a high note with a 3rd place finish at the Yas Marina Circuit and 5th place in the Drivers’ Championship.
However, the Spaniard faced a big challenge on the final lap of the race. Ahead of the restart, the race control allowed lapped cars between the race leaders Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen to unlap themselves, while those behind Verstappen had to remain in their positions. It meant that Sainz had to overtake lapped cars as well as defend his position.
“It was certainly a very strange situation for me because I was battling for a podium with Valtteri [Bottas] and some AlphaTauris behind with a medium tire while I was on a very used hard,” Sainz said.
“At the beginning, I was told that they were not going to be allowed to unlap themselves, the people in front of me. And then it was decided to unlap themselves. And some people unlapped themselves, but there were still an Aston Martin [Stroll] and the McLaren of Ricciardo between the two leaders and myself.”