A troubled weekend for Carlos Sainz in Silverstone. The Spaniard qualified in 11th place after contact with George Russell on the first lap of Saturday's Sprint Race, but started the British GP in P10 after the Williams driver was penalised with a 3-place drop.
Ferrari had shown good pace throughout the whole weekend.
“It’s been very positive, you know, to see that the car in clean air was as fast as it was today,” commented Sainz.
“I think at some point I was setting fastest lap on 25-[lap]-old mediums, so it shows that the tyre deg and the set-up and the car balance is improving."
While his teammate Charles Leclerc finished in P2 after leading most of the race in front of Lewis Hamilton, Sainz's race was compromised by a long pit stop. His Ferrari was forced to stay still for 12.3s because of a wheel gun issue on his front left tyre.
“Of course, when you have such a strong pace and you do fastest laps and you are basically as fast as we were today it’s obviously difficult to take," he said. "But considering that [on Lap 1 of the Sprint Race] I was last and I managed to finish P6 [in the GP] with a very slow pit stop, 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" he went on.
"Congrats to Charles because today he put the car where it belonged.”
Despite things didn't run smoothly for Sainz, he seems pleased with the improvements the SF21 is making.
“We are indeed looking to improve all the areas, still," he observed.
"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.”