Carlos Sainz took the checked flag in fourth place at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, and the disillusioned Spaniard referred to as on his Ferrari crew to know the problems that value them any probability of victory in Budapest – though he defended the crew’s technique in the course of the race.
Sainz began on the medium tire in second place, and regardless that he got here shut firstly, he didn’t make it previous pole-sitter George Russell. He then tried to overcut the Mercedes driver, however a gradual pit cease damage his probabilities, and he as a substitute misplaced a spot to his crew mate Charles Leclerc, leaving him third.
Sainz then went lengthy within the second stint earlier than switching to the gentle tire to go to the tip of the race. However the Ferrari driver was once more unable to get forward of Russell, as a substitute being overtaken by the opposite Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, forcing him to accept fourth.
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“Truthfully, the tempo wasn’t nice… I feel I used to be struggling so much with the entrance tires; the steadiness was nothing near the place it was on Friday,” he admitted afterwards. “I could not push on the tires, and in the long run, 70 laps, I feel we ended up the place roughly the place we deserved to be as a result of we simply did not have the tempo we had on Friday.
“We clearly struggled as a crew. We’re a bit puzzled as a result of we anticipated to have superb race tempo coming from Friday. Nevertheless it’s clear that these decrease temperatures, the monitor situation adjustments that we had right now there was one thing occurring with the automobile and the tires that we simply weren’t quick.”
Carlos Sainz: ‘Dangerous luck within the pit stops’ value us expensive in Budapest
When requested concerning the gradual stops, Sainz stated: “As we speak we had a little bit of dangerous luck there within the pit stops as a result of we undoubtedly had a few gradual ones. Particularly the primary one was expensive, as a result of I feel we might have simply bought George with an overcut, which might have put me chief of the race on the time, which was a little bit of a disgrace, however sure, it is the way it goes right now.
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“We have been respectable on pit stops the entire yr, however it’s true that from time to time there are a few pit stops which are failing us and we have to analyze what we will do higher so we might be stronger within the second half.”
Ferrari got here below fireplace for his or her technique in the course of the race after pitting Leclerc from the lead on to the arduous tyre. And from P2 and P3 on the grid, neither driver ended up on the rostrum. Nevertheless, Sainz defended his crew, insisting that the efficiency of their automobile was extra of a problem than the technique itself.
“I do not know what we might have finished higher on technique,” stated Sainz. “However I can inform you that when the tempo is dangerous prefer it was right now, the technique is all the time troublesome as a result of you do not have tempo with any compound, you might be all the time going to wrestle with technique as a result of you’ve little or no flexibility.
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“Sure, the pit cease value me right now, two instances, and majorly in my second stint as a result of from in all probability main the race I went to P3 and having to handle the tires so much, which was a disgrace. However do you embody that as a method, I do not know.
“I feel right now we had been simply gradual. For those who evaluate our tempo towards the Purple Bull on Friday to our tempo to the Purple Bull right now, there was clearly one thing within the automobile and within the tires that we weren’t doing proper.”