Unhappy Sainz says 'car was better than the result'

Carlos Sainz helped boost Ferrari's points tally with a P7  finish in the Spanish GP, but the local... The post Unhappy Sainz says 'car was better than the result' appeared first on F1i.com.

Unhappy Sainz says 'car was better than the result'

Carlos Sainz helped boost Ferrari's points tally with a P7  finish in the Spanish GP, but the local hero was anything but happy with a result that he said did not reflect his car's potential.

Sainz lined up P6 on the grid in Barcelona, two spots behind teammate Charles Leclerc, but that was as good as it got for the Spaniard who lost two positions at the start but only recovered one at the end of the day.

"Not very satisfied, to be honest," quipped Sainz in the post-race interview. "The car was better than the result.

"I felt like today, for the first time of the year, we were clearly the quickest car of the midfield but I got a poor, poor first lap.

"More than the first lap is that I was boxed in into Turn 1 and I couldn’t go anywhere. I guess I need to analyse what can I do better at the start to not lose the positions.

"Because from then on, we were fighting to get back. Overtaking was very difficult – possible – but very, very difficult, especially for us.

"We executed a good strategy, a good couple of pitstops and we managed to make it to P7. I felt like we left some points on the table."

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During his battle to recoup his lost positions, Sainz duked it out in the latter stages of the race with former McLaren teammate Lando Norris.

The pair nearly came to blows as Norris aggressively attempted to defend his P8 position by weaving on the straight, a move frowned upon by the stewards who warned the McLaren charger with a black-and-white flag.

Despite the close call, Sainz said all was "good" with his former McLaren sidekick.

"From my side, it was a very close reaction to Norris' movement," he recounted. "I think I nearly crashed into him, but we talked after the race and it's all good.

"To be honest, black-and-white, whatever, I'm good with him."

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While Sainz snatched P7 from Alpine's Esteban Ocon in the final part of the race, he explained why overhauling Daniel Ricciardo for sixth was a no-win.

"We had the same tyres, same age of tyre, which means I think today compared to the McLaren, we were at least two or three-tenths faster per lap," he said.

"But even like that, with the dirty air of these cars, I think you need to be more than a second quicker than the car in front to be even able to do a move on someone.

"So those three or four-tenths advantage that I had on pace on Ricciardo was not enough to go side-by-side with him into Turn 1.

"It's something we're trying to improve also, the top speed, and hopefully we can be better at it later in the year."

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Alonso reckons Alpine one-stop strategy was 'very optimistic'

Fernando Alonso reckoned that Alpine's one-stop strategy in Sunday's Spanish GP, that left him a lowly P17 at... The post Alonso reckons Alpine one-stop strategy was 'very optimistic' appeared first on F1i.com.

Alonso reckons Alpine one-stop strategy was 'very optimistic'

Fernando Alonso reckoned that Alpine's one-stop strategy in Sunday's Spanish GP, that left him a lowly P17 at the end of the day, was "very optimistic" but still worth the risk.

Alonso spent the bulk of his afternoon on the fringe of the top ten, hoping that his one-stopper would pay dividends at the checkered flag.

But a drop off in the performance of the Spaniard's set of medium tyres in the closing stages of the race forced the Alpine charger to undertake another swap with five laps to go.

"I couldn’t drive!" joked Alonso. "I think we were in a very optimistic strategy with one-stop and I knew that [the drivers behind] were coming.

"I tried to hold five or six cars behind me for a couple of laps but it was not enough.

"But I would rather prefer to risk that strategy and try to take that point than sit there behind and not scoring. We were brave today, maybe too brave. I think there is some work to do."

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While Alonso's one-stop strategy failed on Sunday, it delivered a P9 finish to teammate Esteban Ocon who out-qualified and out-paced the two-time world champion at the Circuit de Catalunya for the third race in succession.

But the 39-year-old veteran says he's still in the process of getting on top of Alpine's A521.

"There’s still some work to go in terms of different driving style, different way of trying to set up for me in the car. I have some homework for sure," Alonso said.

"I think we felt more competitive here and it’s good. We want more, we will not stop here and hopefully more to come at Monaco."

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