Carlos Sainz was third today in a complicated Singapore GP. It was one of the most difficult races of the season so far. The Spanish driver who started 4th made it to the podium together with Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez.
Before the podium celebrations. He reflected on a tough race for all the drivers and explained how difficult it was to get his Ferrari into rhythm with the wet condition.
“Very tough out there and never really got into a rhythm in the wet and then, yeah, couldn’t challenge the top two guys because I was always struggling a bit more with the rear, with the car. So, in the end, in these conditions, when you don’t have that extra bit of confidence, I had to settle a bit for P3.”
Happy that he didn´t make mistakes in a race where drivers like Hamilton and Verstappen did. Sainz considers today´s result a good one for Ferrari
"The good thing is I didn't do any mistakes, I could bring the car home and I could be quick towards the end of the race when I managed to build a bit of confidence – but yeah, good result for the team for the Constructors’ Championship. A shame that we couldn’t get the win.”
Although the race was delayed for over an hour after the heavy rain. It took a while for it to dry and drivers could change to medium tyres halfway through the race. On this Sainz explained that the dry line never appeared in some places.
“it’s crazy how long it takes here to dry. I don’t know but we keep doing laps, and you keep looking at the track and the dry line never appears in some places, and it keeps sliding a lot. But it’s definitely something to keep in mind for the future because this track is pretty unique on that.”
His highlight of the race was taking the third place from seven time world champion Lewis Hamilton.
“It was a good start. I think as good as it gets in the wet to be honest because I felt like me and Checo pulled away together and yeah, I could get Lewis and then he obviously tried to get me around the outside, but you're not going to get me around the outside so easily, no, because it's a bit my corner at that point and glad that we didn't have any issues on the car or at least it didn't feel like it and we could keep the position and then it was all about managing the gap to him because it was clear for me that in order to catch the guys in front I had to take too many risks.”
The Spanish also praised the team´s job today on a very complicated day.
“It’s good news to see that the race was well executed on both sides. There still things I'm convinced that we need to keep improving and do better. But the team is taking massive steps forward. And we're learning from every situation. And as Charles said, you know, these last five races, or these last six counting with this one, they are going to be great preparation for us in order to be better at the front next year, because it's clear that the car is there, the drivers we’re there, we just need to keep improving the execution and whenever we have the opportunities, nail them.”