F1 | Mexico GP | Carlos Sainz on Ferrari's pace: "We knew going into the race that we were going to be slow"
Ferrari was one minute slower than Red Bull and Mercedes during the race, even though they finished FP1 with a 1-2. Carlos Sainz has shown his frustration with the performance of his F1-75 during the whole Mexico City Grand Prix.
Two days have passed since the 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix ended. It was a real party for all the fans who gathered at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez. Two-time world champion Max Verstappen took the win which made him break the record for most wins in a single season with a total of 14 wins. In addition to this, the Dutch driver broke the record for most points in a single season (416 so far with 2 races remaining), Lewis Hamilton previously held the record during the 2019 season, where he managed to score a total of 413. Likewise, the Dutchman has established himself as the king of Mexico, by achieving the title of most victories in this Grand Prix. Mercedes looked too fast all weekend, and despite George Russell's race pace plummeting on Sunday, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton managed to earn a hugely valuable second position for the German team. The local hero, Checo Perez, managed to finish on the podium, despite the fact that a bad pit stop by his team made it impossible for him to fight for second place. In this article we will talk about the disappointment of Ferrari.
The Italians showed great expectations of their weekend by ending the first practice with a 1-2. However, everything went downhill as the sessions passed. During the race, Carlos Sainz finished in fifth position (same as he started), not a bad result but the Spaniard, who finished even ahead of his teammate, Charles Leclerc, crossed the finish line 58 seconds behind Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen, while the Monegasque crossed it more than a minute behind. This is an abysmal difference in the world of Formula 1. Although it is true that the Mexico City Grand Prix is a challenge for all the teams due to the high altitude where the city is compared to sea level, Ferrari had a lot of problems with its power unit performance thanks to the altitude, but there were so many performance problems that they were off the pace from Mercedes and Red Bull all weekend. The Spanish driver has had a bad run in recent races, having two terminal crashes in the first laps of the Japanese and United States Grands Prix, while now the entire Maranello team had a terrible weekend in Mexico.
“I think I drove a pretty good race, but when you see the distance to the leader, there was not much more in it. We know the compromises we had to take for this weekend, we knew going into the race that we were going to be slow.” The Spaniard confirmed after the Mexico City Grand Prix. “But yeah, we maximised the points that the car could take today, and at least in a positive note we didn’t lose too much, and now we can focus on Brazil and Abu Dhabi, where we expect to be back in the pace.”
“From my side it’s a technical thing that I prefer not to comment too much. I’d prefer to focus on the positives that I know it was a good race for me, and finally without doing a race in a month, to be back in the car and to do a strong race, good pace, it was at least something positive.” The one-time Grand Prix winner said. “The altitude sometimes here can be tough, but I think I drove a pretty good race. For once I was very quick, and unfortunately, we were one minute off the pace.”
“Handling I was comfortable, I could do consistent lap times, decent tyre management, but we were just slow. Unfortunately, we didn’t pick up any pace compared to quali.”