Carlos Sainz: Mercedes was out of reach

Carlos Sainz: Mercedes was out of reach

Carlos Sainz finished third in Sao Paulo and took the podium for the eighth time of the season. The Ferrari driver is pleased with his pace, but noted that rivals of Mercedes were out of reach.

Carlos’ partner Charles Leclerc finished fourth. In the closing laps, Leclerc asked the team to switch places with Sainz in order to earn more points the Monegask needed in the battle for second place in the individual standings, but Ferrari thought this maneuver was “too risky”.

Carlos Sainz (3rd): “I think I did a good race. Problems arose in the early laps – the brakes caught fire, so we had to make a pit stop earlier than planned. This forced a switch to a three-stop strategy, which was not the fastest given the degree of rubber degradation.

Then I attacked with all my strength to overtake Sergio – at the end of the race I managed to stay ahead of him. I took the podium after starting from seventh position – I think we can be satisfied with this result.

It’s a shame the Mercedes drivers were so quick today, but congratulations to George. Today they were out of reach – their car was not only faster than ours, but also faster than Red Bull. You can expect them to fight for the win in Abu Dhabi, but we also have to try to compete with them.”

Charles Leclerc (4th): “Normally I don’t ask for this, but before the race we discussed the possibility of switching positions, so I asked the question. For some reason the team has changed their mind – I don’t know why.

Hopefully we will be in Abu Dhabi soon enough to take second place. I hope I don’t miss second place by missing three points or so.

Overall, I’m happy with my race. As for the first lap after the restart, I have to watch the replay. I think I left enough room for Lando Norris, but he and I touched and I flew into the wall. Then I had a good pace, which made me finish fourth – a good result overall.

Source: F1 News

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