Carlos Sainz finished fourth in the Hungarian Grand Prix with a solid performance. Following the disqualification of second-place finisher Sebastian Vettel of Aston Martin, he was elevated to third.
Sainz got a terrific finish, moving up from 15th on the grid to fourth at the finish, which he improved to third later that evening.
When interviewed post-race, Sainz comments, "What a crazy race. After starting P15 we actually had a good chance of a podium."
He continues, "Losing positions to Williams and AlphaTauri after the first pit stop due to the traffic in the pit lane cost us dearly. We were in the hunt for the win at that point, but instead we lost any real chance of fighting for it. In the first stint on slicks, once I was in clean air, the pace was super strong and I overcut Latifi and Tsunoda."
He adds, "Unfortunately in the last few laps I couldn’t do much to defend from Hamilton, as I was on very old Hard tyres, having to look after the fuel and also coming up behind the McLaren at the end of the main straight which made it impossible to defend that podium position. I feel for Charles today because he was taken out through no fault of his own and I’m sure we could’ve scored more points with both cars."
He concludes, "Overall, the first half of this first season with Ferrari has been positive. We still need to continue to understand the car in every type of corner and condition, but I think we are definitely on the right path. We’ll keep pushing and come back recharged after the summer break."
Confirmed P3 🏆!! My second podium for @ScuderiaFerrari and super happy for the entire team after all the effort we have put into this first part of the season. It comes (again) in a non-typical way….but cheers 🥂!! FORZA FERRARI— Carlos Sainz (@Carlossainz55) August 1, 2021
Heading into the summer break, F1 will resume August 29 when they take on the Belgian Grand Prix