Nov 21, 2021

Carlos Sainz finishes seventh in the Qatar GP

Sunday, 21 November 2021
-    Race: P7, 57 laps

  • Carlos struggled from fifth at the Starting Grid because he was on Medium tyres surrounded by cars on the Soft compound. He lost some ground.
  • The Spanish Ferrari race driver focused then on tyre management, making a one-stop strategy work thanks to an everlasting first stint that was 30 laps long.
  • At the beginning of the second run, he played it conservative as he tried to save the Hard tyre, until he changed the rhythm to win back eight seconds on Stroll. He couldn’t pass him because the Aston Martin had the DRS of other cars in front.
  • Ferrari’s advantage to McLaren in the Constructors’ Championship grows by another eight points and is now at 39.5 points with two races still to go.

QUOTES:
"It wasn’t the most entertaining race today for us due to the amount of tyre management we had to do. However, we did a good job and managed to finish on the one-stop strategy, despite the doubts we had prior to the race. As expected, the race start on the Medium tyre was tough for me and I struggled to fight with the cars around. From there I just focused on extending the first stint to the maximum and then taking care of the Hard tyre during the first laps of the second stint. When I was told we were safe to push to the end I finally had some fun, catching Ocon and Stroll ahead of me. However, being stuck in a DRS train made it impossible to overtake so that was it".

"Overall it’s been a positive triple header, where I’ve felt confident and fast in the car in every session and race. We have also increased our lead to McLaren so we have to be happy about that. Before tackling the last two races of the season a bit of rest is much needed, especially for the mechanics and every member of the race team. Thanks for all the effort guys! Finally, congratulations to Fernando today! Great to see him back on the podium".

COMING UP:
Saudi Arabia GP, Jeddah Corniche Circuit – 3-5 December 2021

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