In what was arguably essentially the most eventful race of the 2022 season, Carlos Sainz managed to make fairly a formidable restoration to safe his ninth podium end of the yr on the Brazilian Grand Prix this afternoon.
The Spaniard secured a P2 within the dash race on Saturday however began the primary race in P7 behind his teammate, Charles Leclerc, after taking a 5-place grid penalty for taking over a brand new engine. After a number of security automobile restarts, Sainz managed to get better to P3 to complete the race behind the 2 Mercedes automobiles that completely dominated the session with their unmatched tempo.
In a post-race media interplay, Carlos Sainz admitted that whereas it could possibly be thought of race, on condition that he extracted the utmost potential of his automobile, Mercedes’ shockingly dominant tempo was a difficulty for the Ferrari drivers. He mentioned:
“I feel total it was race. We did have some issues there in the beginning with the brakes on fireplace. It meant we needed to decide to a three-stop which possibly wasn’t the quickest given the degradation. From there I pushed again out to attempt to catch Checo. I feel we may be proud of that. It’s a disgrace that Merc are so fast however congratulations to George.”
Carlos Sainz hoping to regain consistency in 2023
Carlos Sainz appears to be on fairly the upward pattern ever since he joined McLaren again in 2019 and moved to Ferrari two years later. This season, nonetheless, he has not been capable of sustain with the tempo and consistency of his teammate, one thing that Sainz hopes to vary quickly.
In a press convention forward of the F1 Brazilian GP, the Ferrari driver shared his early struggles with the 2022 challenger and additional emphasised the position of a number of DNFs that price him a good outcome on the finish of the season. He mentioned:
“Yeah, it has been a difficult one, as you guys have seen from the surface. There was a difficult first third of the season the place I struggled a bit with the automobile stability with the driving fashion, a automobile that for some purpose did not go well with me straight out of the field and I needed to combat via it quite a bit. And the second two-thirds I’ve been loads happier with the automobile. I have been much more on the tempo, however sadly, numerous DNFs, numerous reliability points alongside the best way.”
“However I’ve realized loads. I am pleased with the progress I’ve completed contained in the automobile, with my engineers, the best way that we managed to show my tempo round. And yeah, I will make sure that subsequent yr we’re again to being the constant Carlos of 2021 and get good outcomes.”
Carlos Sainz had one of many most interesting seasons of his profession thus far in 2021 and even managed to complete the yr forward of his teammate Charles Leclerc to safe P5 on this planet drivers’ championship.