After chaining the podium at Monza and victory in Singapore, today Carlos Sainz He finished sixth in Japan. A result that could have been better, seeing the little degradation and good pace of the Ferrari, although Mercedes’ strategy in the last pit-stop has left him out of the top five, preceded by his teammate Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton and ahead of George Russell. Sainz has not had the option to fight in the forward zone with the McLarens, although there was little missing.
“We had more pace than the final result shows,” claimed Carlos, who He has maintained sixth position on the grid despite his efforts to improve it. “The start was good, I was very fast in the first stint and I took care of my tires, but when you are behind on the track it is always difficult because in Suzuka it is difficult to overtake,” he noted.
The man from Madrid managed to stretch the life of the media, but at the second stop Ferrari took too long to call him. This caused Hamilton to make an ‘undercut’ that cost him a position.
“We missed the fight with Hamilton in that last stop, perhaps we stayed out too long. I feel that today we had a better pace than the Mercedes, it’s a shame that they undercut us because I think that before the last stop I was four seconds ahead and I started eight behind,” lamented Sainz.
In any case, the pilot of Ferrari prefers a positive reading after a very intense race: “The truth is that I have been very fast the whole race, I have had good degradation, so I am quite happy with the pace, the bad thing is that the result does not reflect the pace I have had. On a track like this the most important thing is qualifying and I have paid the price because it was difficult for me in qualifying. Today I returned to normal, as soon as I got into the race I understood the car well. I am happy to have improved my pace from Saturday to Sunday,” Sainz summarized.
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