Carlos Sainz finished P6 at the British GP, after starting from the tenth position on the grid. The Spaniard has lived up to his expectations so far, and has helped Ferrari emerge strong contenders for the third position in the constructors championship.
Charles Leclerc finished P2 at Silverstone, as he led the race for majority of the part. Carlos Sainz could have finished higher on Sunday, if he did not have a slow pit-stop which cost him a few vital spots. Sainz congratulated his teammate Charles Leclerc for his amazing drive.
“But considering 65 laps ago [referring back to sprint qualifying] I was last and I managed to finish P6 with a very slow pit-stop, it is still a positive result. I think the team has been great in the pit-stops this year and it is the first mistake we do. Congrats to Charles because today he put the car where it belonged,” said Sainz.
Carlos Sainz delighted with Ferrari’s progress
Carlos Sainz stated that the overall quality of his car has been improving, given that the set-up and the balance of his car has been improving.
“It has been very positive to see the car in clean air was as fast as it was. At some point I was setting fast laps on 25-lap old mediums, so it shows the tyre deg and the set-up and the car balance is improving,” said Sainz.
“We are indeed looking to improve all the areas still, but at this circuit, where we felt it would not be very good for us, we delivered and the car was very nice to drive,” he added.
Silverstone was Ferrari’s strongest race of the season, after the Monaco GP, where Charles Leclerc took the pole position, whereas, Carlos Sainz ended P2.
“In Monte Carlo there was the pace to win. Here, I think Mercedes and Red Bull had something more. In the end, Mercedes with two pit-stops finished ahead of Charles,” he told Sky Italia.
“But we were surprised that on such a track, difficult for us, we’ve been very competitive. With clean air, the laps before the pit-stop, I think I was the fastest car on track so this is good news,” Sainz added.