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Sainz, frustrated: "Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong"

At the start, Carlos Sainz did really well to maintain third position, including contact with a Lewis Hamilton who tried to overtake on the inside of the first corner. Fortunately for both, they were able to continue on track without any problem.

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc took little time to open a gap and escape, while the Spanish driver saw third place threatened by the veteran Mercedes driver, who was within distance of DRS. On lap 15, Ferrari called the man from Madrid to the pits to fend off the seven-time world champion’s attacks, but the stop was very slow, specifically 12.7s.

After all the stops Sainz , who was third when he pitted, found himself sixth, behind the two Mercedes, both Red Bull and his Maranello team-mate. From that moment, the Madrilenian stayed in no man’s land.

Sainz stopped on lap 44, just before Yuki Tsunoda caused a VSC that changed everything. The Spaniard rode new toughs and came out behind the Alpines, ninth. A few laps later, he passed Esteban Ocon at the end of the main straight when an Alfa Romeo was stopped in that area and there was a yellow flag on the track.

Race Direction brought out the Safety Car and the drivers had to enter the pitlane while Valtteri Bottas’s car was being removed, a moment that Ferrari took advantage of to mount Sainz on fresh softs, letting him out of his pit box just as Fernando was coming Alonso from behind, forcing the Spaniard to brake to avoid a collision.

At the start, the #55 snatched fifth position from Pérez and placed fifth, behind Leclerc . But Sainz’s race finish was influenced by a five-second unsafe release penalty at his final pit stop, which saw him drop from fifth to eighth, scoring just four points.

As soon as he got out of his car, the Ferrari driver was visibly frustrated.

“Very bad, really. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. Bad pace in the first stint, then a bad stop that cost us practically four positions and then the yellow flag that I think I narrowly missed, and later the unsafe release , which I think it wasn’t, because I had to brake to avoid taking a McLaren mechanic with me, so I don’t quite understand that decision very well, but ok”.

Referring to the long pit stop that doomed his options, Sainz explained that the decision to enter was made very hastily and therefore caught some mechanics by surprise.

“You have to analyze it, they called me to the pits late, extremely late. And indeed, when I got there they weren’t ready. We’ll have to analyze it calmly now”.

The next race will take place at Monza, the home race for Ferrari , for which the Madrid native hopes the team will step up after what has happened in the last two weekends.

“Well, after today, I wouldn’t say that I was worried, but I didn’t like how the race went and we have to find a pair for Monza, because it is clear that the Mercedes and the Red Bulls were a little faster” , he concluded.

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75

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