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Sainz: Solid race, no mistakes, a well-deserved podium

Sainz: Solid race, no mistakes, a well-deserved podium

Sainz: Solid race, no mistakes, a well-deserved podium
Carlos Sainz picked up his eighth podium of the season at the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix after suffering from what he called “setbacks” that pushed him to a far from ideal strategy.

The Ferrari driver had to make an early pitstop to remove a visor tear-off from his rear-right brake duct, meaning he was committed to a three-stop strategy from that moment on, but made it work to take third eventually.

Reflecting on his race, the Spaniard told Formula 1’s official website: “I think it was a great fightback after having to stop so early, after having the brakes on fire, having to go a lot earlier than I wanted into the pits and having to commit to a three-stop. That was probably the slower strategy today, and I had to give it all.

“I was pushing flat-out. Solid race, no mistakes, and in the end, we got a well-deserved podium, I think… a smooth race, you know, without mistakes,” he added.

Sainz’s struggles with his 2022 ride, the F1-75, especially early on in the season have been well documented, but he seems to have turned a corner midseason onwards.

“I think the important thing is that this second half of the season,” he pointed out. “I think we’ve been solid with the car and I’m back to the level that I want to be, and when I have a smooth weekend the podiums are there and I’m up to speed and confident for next year.”

Sainz wasn’t aware of his teammate’s request for switching positions

One of the talking points of the race in Brazil was Charles Leclerc’s pleading to Ferrari to give team orders asking Sainz to had over his third place to his teammate who is fighting with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez for runner up position in the Drivers’ Championship, a request the team denied.

Sainz, however, didn’t give the matter much attention responding when asked about it: “I heard nothing on the radio, I just got told.”

Later in Ferrari’s post-race brief, Sainz said: “The team fought well for this result. We had a strong weekend and a solid race despite the penalty and some setbacks today, namely the issue with the tear-off that meant I had to pit earlier than planned and we had to rethink our strategy.

“We managed to stay focused, picked up the pace again and were fast during the entire race. We reacted to every challenge today and the boys did great pitstops.

“We brought home the best possible result for the team and we look forward to racing again in Abu Dhabi for the last time this season.

“Congratulations to George on his maiden win. He’s had a good weekend and he deserves it,” the 28-year-old from Madrid concluded commending Mercedes George Russell on taking his firs F1 career win.