Carlos Sainz Jr. has finally claimed his maiden victory today in an action packed British GP. The Ferrari driver who started from pole won his first race ahead of Red Bull driver Sergio Checo Perez and local hero Lewis Hamilton.
Even though he started from pole, it was not exactly a walk in the park for the 27-year-old who struggled with lack of pace in the first half of the race and then had to face his team´s some time confusing decisions. The Spanish benefited from the safety car deployed on lap 39 to remove Esteban Ocon´s Alpine and Ferrari´s decision to pit him for softs.
Unexpectedly Ferrari´s opted for an open fight between their drivers in spite of Charles Leclerc better position in the championship. This allowed Sainz Jr to challenge his teammate, who struggled with and endplate damage most of the race, for the victory.
Asked about the feelings after crossing the line an exhilarated Sainz said “I cannot describe it. It´s probably the best feeling that you can have as a racing driver to win for Ferrari in such a great place like Silverstone with this crowd with also so many drivers coming to me to congratulate me. Feeling a lot of respect for them.“
Clearly moved by his achievement, he said: “It´s a very happy day in my life and I´m gonna enjoy it for sure.”
When consulted over his assertiveness both on track and on the radio with his team he said “I was trying to keep on top of everything. I knew my best today wasn´t the best. We need to analyse why because I had a lot of understeer that was killing my front tires and I didn´t have this on Friday so it´s something that we need to look into and from there on I was just trying to help the team, to take the right decisions to have the 1-2 at very point I followed team instructions. Every time I tried to give the team exactly what I felt it was the right thing to do and I think…we won the race so it must have been not too bad.”