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Sainz says Ferrari race strategy is ‘not a disaster’

25 July 2022 - 08:56 By Reuters
Carlos Sainz makes a late pitstop during the closing stages of the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on July 24 2022 in Le Castellet.
Carlos Sainz makes a late pitstop during the closing stages of the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on July 24 2022 in Le Castellet.
Image: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Carlos Sainz defended Ferrari's French Grand Prix strategy on Sunday after making a late pitstop to finish fifth rather than pushing for the podium.

The Spaniard went from 19th on the grid to third, but had a five second penalty hanging over him for an unsafe release from his first pitstop, and was also on tyres with performance likely to drop off.

There was some confusion when Ferrari appeared to call Sainz in just as he was overtaking Red Bull's Sergio Perez for third in a race led for the first 18 laps by Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who crashed out.

"I think the team is doing a very good job on strategy this year," Sainz told Sky Sports television.

"At Ferrari we get super-criticised for things other teams might be going through in their pit stop windows.

"Every time there is a tricky moment on strategy, we are discussing things but we are not a disaster, like people seem to say we are. We like to discuss things, we are open about them."

Sainz said he would have had to finish five seconds ahead of Perez to make third place stick and Ferrari felt that was not possible.

"The team has a lot more data on the computer, they have a lot more numbers to go through, and if they took that decision, I'm 100% convinced they did it with the best of intentions and the best spirit," said Sainz.

The Spaniard said he would have pitted anyway if he could not pass Perez, but as soon as he overtook he was ready to try to go to the end.

"At that stage our numbers said impossible to make it to the end, plus the five second penalty you risk losing position so the team took it to play safe. We knew P5 plus fastest lap is good points," he said.

"In the moment, maybe my feeling was different."


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