Following a 1-2 result in Bahrain with teammate Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz believes the hard work is paying off for Ferrari.
According to Carlos Sainz, Ferrari is back, delivering a message to his team’s closest opponents in the race for the 2022 Formula One World Championship.
In Bahrain, the Spaniard followed teammate Charles Leclerc to the finish line, giving the Italian squad their first 1-2 finish since the Singapore Grand Prix in 2019.
It comes at the end of a challenging weekend for Sainz, who has conceded that he needs to do some homework if he wants to get back on circuit with Leclerc.
Sainz congratulates Ferrari but acknowledges that he still has “work to do”
“First of all, congrats to Charles and congrats to Ferrari,” said Sainz post-race.
“Ferrari is back and it is properly back, with a 1-2, where the team should be and should have been over the last two years. The hard work is paying off and we are there.
“For me, it’s been a very tricky weekend, I’m not gonna lie. I didn’t have the pace today, but I managed to hold in there and bring the 1-2 for the team.
“I have some homework to do over these next few days and I’m sure I will come back stronger.”
Sainz: Verstappen was unlucky, but that’s good for Ferrari
Taking advantage of Red Bull’s reliability problems, Sainz surged from third to second in the final laps.
Both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were forced to quit from the race, allowing Ferrari to take a 44-point lead over Red Bull just after one race.
Mercedes, on the other hand, were capable of completing third and fourth despite suffering for pace throughout the weekend.
“At the restart, I had a strong chance, because I had a very clean restart behind Charles and Max,” Sainz said, detailing the moment that saw him breeze past Verstappen.
“He defended well, to be fair, and then, suddenly, I started seeing some flashing red lights on the back of his car and I said, ‘Okay, this is my chance’.
“He was unfortunate. I think today he was driving well enough to get P2. I had a good run on him and then he had to retire, so it is what it is – it’s good for Ferrari.”
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