F1 | Mexican GP | Carlos Sainz’s sixth place crucial to secure Constructors’ 3rd place: “I believe it was the right call to swap positions”
The Spanish driver points put how important has the swap strategy been for Ferrari , along with his sixth place to overcome McLaren and be 3rd in the Constructors' Championship
The Mexican Grand Prix has been a surprising race: incidents, cars’ damages, drivers who come up faster than usual. Ferrari managed to secure a third place in the Constructors’ Championship just the same, even with a performance that need to be improved. Carlos Sainz ended sixth, but his personal records say something more than a number. The Spanish’ placement helped the Prancing Horse to secure that important third place and he thinks that his pace has been one of the best of the season.
“It was one of my best race this season in terms of pace as I was very fast for the entire weekend and also in the race on both Medium and Hard tyres. Starting on the dirty side was, as expected, very difficult and then I was unlucky with the accident in front of me, as I had to slam the brakes to avoid Bottas and then Ricciardo with a broken front wing, losing some positions" – he says.
🇲🇽 Great pace today and all weekend. I had to slam the brakes at the start to avoid the incidents on track, but from then on my pace was really solid. We swapped places to go for Gasly, but in the end we changed them again. P3 in the Constructors’!— Carlos Sainz (@Carlossainz55) November 7, 2021
“I was able to retake immediately the position from Giovinazzi at the restart and then my pace was always solid. We did very good pit stops with both cars and in the final part of the race I had more pace than Charles, so I believe it was the right call to swap positions and not take unnecessary risks. – he points out – If we had raced each other the opportunity to catch Gasly would have been even more difficult. At the end of the race we swapped positions again as part of the team strategy.”
“Today we brought home a good amount of points compared to our direct rivals and we are now in front of them – he continues – That, together with my strong pace all weekend are the important positives to take from Mexico for me. On to Brazil!"