F1 | US GP | Sainz: "It was a frustrating race…”
Carlos Sainz talks about his race after battling with Ricciardo since the start.
Sunday was a non-stop fight since the beginning of the race for Carlos Sainz being passed by Daniel Ricciardo at the start, and then trying to get the position back during the race:
"It was a frustrating race for me because we had the pace to finish P5 but things didn’t go our way today. I had to fight with both McLarens on lap 1. It was an intense battle, with cars switching positions a lot, and in the end I let Ricciardo by thinking it was Lando. In the second stint, I was soon behind Daniel,” Sainz said.
Ferrari planned an undercut to recover the position but a slow pit-stop made it impossible to achieve:
“We went for the undercut and it would have worked very nicely, overtaking him and having clean air behind Charles, but unfortunately we had a slow pit-stop and I was again stuck behind Daniel.”
Then trying to catch Daniel Ricciardo, the tyre degradation started to show, making it difficult to defend against Mercedes driver, Valtteri Bottas, who started in P9 due a penalty:
“I damaged my tyres trying different lines to pass him and eventually that allowed Bottas to catch us at the end. I’m frustrated because the result did not live up to the potential of our package and I just hope our luck changes a bit after two consecutive races with unfortunate stops.”
With these results, Sainz lost the 6th place on the Drivers Championship standings against his teammate Charles Leclerc.
“On the positive side, the feeling with the car was good, so we’ll carry that into the upcoming triple header."
Ferrari is in 4th place in the Constructors Championship (3.5 points behind McLaren) and fighting against McLaren for the 3rd place, both teams have shown an incredibly good performance this year.