Carlos Sainz never felt comfortable during the Italian Grand Prix
Carlos Sainz says he was not at all comfortable with his Ferrari at Monza, saying the rear of the SF21 is a weakness for him.
Looking only at the stats, it looks like Sainz had a fantastic start to life at Ferrari, already with 97.5 points on the board and two podiums.
But in fact, the ride was not smooth, with Sainz having suffered several high-speed and costly unforced accidents. The most recent arrived at the Italian Grand Prix during FP2.
The previous round at Zandvoort also saw a big shunt during practice, and at the end of the weekend we saw a rare downed version of Sainz as he spoke of never having felt so slow in a race. previously.
At Monza he was able to finish P6, but was still far from satisfied, saying he did not feel comfortable in his machine during the race.
“I think the weekend at the end we more or less saved him, but it was a very difficult weekend,” Sainz told DAZN F1.
“In the race, I was never at ease, I slipped a lot from the rear and I degraded the rear tires a lot.
“It’s not the first time that the car has started from the rear and I lost confidence a bit with the car behind me.
“It’s clear that it’s a weakness that I need to improve, I need to learn from it and see how I can cover it up a bit with the settings and adapt to it.
“When you take a little downforce off the car like we’ve done here, the car is harder than I expected and I have to learn from it, adjust and see how I can m ‘to improve”.
Once Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton eliminated each other from the race, a golden opportunity opened up for Ferrari to clinch a home podium ahead of the tifosi.
Sadly, neither Sainz nor Charles Leclerc had the pace to impress the McLarens, who secured a brace as Daniel Ricciardo took the win.
Valtteri Bottas also proved out of reach, as did Sergio Perez, although a five-second penalty dropped him back to 5th in the table, propelling Leclerc to 4th.
“Every time we fought, our top speed was not the best to defend ourselves,” Sainz explained.
“We were close to the podium. As we saw, it was always two or three seconds away, but at no time did I feel able to go, nor did I have the top speed or the speed in the car to attack. .
“So that makes me a little angry, but that’s how it is. This weekend did not go the way I wanted it to.
Sainz accepted that Ferrari would likely have finished P4 and P6 before the Monza weekend, but reaffirmed his frustration as he struggled with his car and fulfilled the tifosi’s hopes.
“If you had told us before coming to Monza that we were going to finish fourth and sixth, maybe we would have signed for that,” said Sainz.
“But then once you’re in the race and you feel so much trouble, with the rear, so much tire degradation, every time you fight you run out of top speed and out of the podium. relatively close in front of the tifosi, it makes you angry that you can’t go and don’t have the ability to at least try to do it.
“I didn’t have the confidence and especially after the crash yesterday, I couldn’t get it back.”