It was not a day to remember for the Scuderia. After securing a front-row lockout yesterday with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, the Italians made bad strategy calls that gave their rivals the upper hand leaving championship contender Charles Leclerc in 4th place after he was comfortably leading.
It was Carlos Sainz who saved the day for the red team by keeping himself between the Red Bulls and avoiding what could have been another 1-2 for the Milton Keynes-based squad.
Sainz couldn´t hide his disappointment post race. About the management of the race, he told Sky Sports, “I think we did a good management of the race on my side at least. There were a couple of tricky calls to make like not pitting for inters and staying out. I was quite keen on staying out until the slicks that gave me the race lead and the opportunity to win the win the race. I would have won the race If I´d had a cleaner out lap but unfortunately a lapped car for 10 corners in front of me didn´t get out of the way. I was slow on the outlap and it was enough for checo to overcut me.”
When asked about getting close to Checo during the last minutes of the race while he was struggling with his tires, he explained: “the problem is that my hards were not in great condition either. I was graining rear left, graining fronts, probably less graining than him that´s why we were able to stay so close to him but on a couple of occasions I nearly launched a move and it nearly cost me taking him and myself out. It was a couple of close calls where I could have done it but honestly I think I would have taken both of us out.”
“I tried everything I could to pass him,” he concluded.