Sainz relieved to finish F1 Mexican GP after Japan, US first-lap exits

Nevertheless the Spaniard was left pissed off by a scarcity of tempo after he drove a lonely race from fifth on the grid to fifth on the flag, ending 58 seconds behind winner Max Verstappen, and away from team- mate Charles Leclerc.

From the beginning of the weekend it was obvious that Ferrari confronted compromises on energy unit efficiency on the excessive altitude circuit, and the crew was left struggling behind each Crimson Bull and Mercedes.

“I believe I drove a fairly good race, however if you see the space to the chief, there was not way more in it,” mentioned Sainz when requested by Autosportm about his afternoon.

“We all know the compromises we needed to take for this weekend, we knew going into the race that we have been going to be gradual.

“However yeah, we maximised the factors that the automobile might take right now, and a minimum of in a constructive be aware we did not lose an excessive amount of, and now we will give attention to Brazil and Abu Dhabi the place we count on to be again within the tempo.”

Sainz didn’t need to elaborate on these energy unit compromises, and as an alternative wished to solely give attention to the constructive points of his race.

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

Picture by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Photographs

“From my facet it is a technical factor that I choose to not remark an excessive amount of,” he mentioned.

“I would choose to give attention to the positives that I do know it was an excellent race for me, and at last with out doing a race in a month, to be again within the automobile and to do a robust race, good tempo, it was a minimum of one thing constructive.”

He added: “The altitude typically right here might be powerful, however I believe I drove a fairly good race. For as soon as I used to be very fast, and sadly we have been one minute off the tempo.”

After a disappointing qualifying Sainz had advised that the automobile could be higher on excessive gasoline within the race, however his last verdict was combined.

“Dealing with sure, tempo no. Dealing with I used to be snug, I might do constant lap occasions, first rate tyre administration, however we have been simply gradual. Sadly, we did not choose up any tempo in comparison with quali.”

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