Sunday, 18 July 2021
- Race: P6, 52 laps
- Carlos Sainz recovered from tenth to sixth in the British GP, completing the comeback effort he started on Saturday afternoon during the Sprint Qualifying.
- The Ferrari driver was set to take fifth place after his pit-stop, but unfortunately his tyre change was slow and he joined the track behind the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo.
- The Spaniard pursued him more than 20 laps trying to overtake him, but the turbulences of the car in front prevented him from launching a final attack.
"Not the greatest race for me but in general a very good result for the team and many positives to take. Today our car was strong, the balance was good, and our work with the setups is paying off".
"Two good starts put me in a position to fight with Ricciardo but passing the McLaren on track proved to be incredibly difficult. The dirty air through the corners meant I couldn’t get close enough and we were lacking a bit on the straights. Once he pitted, my pace in clean air was super strong and I managed to virtually overcut him before my stop. Unfortunately, the pit stop was slow. The team have been great at pit stops all year and these things can happen! I tried my best to overtake the McLaren during the second stint but we faced the same problem and, in the end, we came home in P6".
"A big congrats to Charles, who managed to nearly secure a win for the team! This race gives us a good feeling for Hungary and for the second part of the season. We keep pushing".
Hungarian GP, Hungaroring – 30 July 2021-1 August 2021