Sunday, 1 August 2021
- Race: P4, 70 laps
- Carlos Sainz put himself in the fight for victory at the Hungarian GP, where he moved from fifteenth to fourth at the start after passing several cars and avoiding the crashes that happened in the first corner.
- His victory chances slipped away in the first pit-stop, where he lost track position to Williams’ Latifi and Alpha Tauri’s Tsunoda, who then would lose ground to the leading cars.
- The Spaniard returned to the podium after he convinced his engineer to change his strategy on the move, delaying his second pit-stop just so he could overcut Latifi and Tsunoda.
- In the final laps, though, Carlos couldn’t hold on Lewis Hamilton, who attacked with his Mercedes. The Spaniard was on very old tyres and had to save fuel, and thus he couldn’t defend from the British driver.
"What a crazy race. After starting P15 we actually had a good chance of a podium. Losing positions to Williams and Alpha Tauri after the first pitstop due to the traffic in the pitlane cost us the day. We were in the hunt of the win, at that point, but instead we lost all real chances of fighting for the victory. In the first stint on slicks, once I was in clean air, the pace was super strong and I overcut Latifi and Yuki. Unfortunately in the last few laps I couldn’t do much to defend from Hamilton. Very old Hard tyres, having to look after the fuel and also the McLaren at the end of the main straight made it impossible to defend that podium position. I feel for Charles today because he has taken out through no fault of his own and I’m we could have scored more points with both cars".
"Overall, the first half of this first season with Ferrari has been positive. We still need to continue to understand the car in every type of corner and condition, but I think we are definitely on the right path. We’ll keep pushing and come back recharged after the summer break".
Belgian GP, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – 27-29 August 2021