The Ferrari Formula 1 driver was able to pull away from Carlos Sainz Canada with a podium as the Spaniard finished P2. However, Carlos feels that there was more to be gained for Ferrari if they had switched to medium tires with 20 laps to go.
The track developed during the race and when Carlos Sainz pitted under the safety car, the pit crew opted for the safer option, putting on fresh hard compounds.
The rationale behind the decision was that there was severe tire degradation during the race and the Maranello team felt it would have been risky to put the Spaniard on medium as they couldn’t afford another DNF finish.
Also, the set Max Verstappen was on was only 8 laps old, so Ferrari opted for the safer option rather than delving into the unknown.
After the pit stop, Carlos made life difficult for the Dutchman, as the Spaniard was only half a second behind at times, but simply couldn’t overtake.
Carlos Sainz on Ferrari’s conservative decision
Charles Leclerc was off the podium early in the race and the responsibility for a solid finish rested on Sainz’s shoulders.
The 28-year-old didn’t disappoint and gave it his all during the race. Afterwards, Sainz emphasized the Ferrari decisions: “In hindsight, maybe we should have tried the media. We hadn’t expected that the safety car would be absent for so long and that the remaining kilometers would have been cut short. In sixteen laps the medium would probably have been the better tire and I would have had a better chance of attacking Max.“
Sainz believes they drove the tough mix at Ferrari looking at 20 laps and didn’t envision the safety car chewing up another four and leaving the drivers at 16.
According to Sainz, that was the turning point where race victory eluded the team.
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