Aug 27, 2023

Carlos Sainz scores a valuable fifth place at the Dutch GP

Sunday, 27 August 2023
-    Race: P5, 72 laps

  • Carlos Sainz scored a valuable fifth place at the Dutch GP, which was heavily affected by the intermittent rain.
  • The start of the race was still in dry conditions, but the rain appeared a few moments later and Carlos pitted for Intermediate tyres on the second lap.
  • Seventh after his tyre change, the Ferrari race driver clocked eight laps on that set of tyres before returning to the Soft compound due to the evolution of the track.
  • Carlos then covered 31 laps on Soft tyres, strengthening himself in fifth place, before switching to a third set of Softs, on which he even got to run momentarily in third place.
  • Heavy rain started to fall in the last few laps and the Ferrari driver switched to a very used set of Intermediates, given that he didn’t have any other one in a better state.
  • From that moment until the chequered flag, which included a red flag period due to a crash on the track, Carlos defended flawlessly to clinch a well-earned fifth place.

"We had a good race execution overall with no mistakes in these difficult conditions. For the last stint we had to fit a very used set of Intermediates from yesterday and it was all about defending. I gave absolutely everything from the first lap to the last but P5 was the maximum we could achieve this weekend".

"It’s good points and we have gained ground over Mercedes and McLaren, on a difficult weekend for the team. We obviously want more and we will keep pushing. Now I’m looking forward to our home race at Monza next weekend!".

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