Carlos Sainz saw a major fall in his performance as Ferrari fell prey to yet another horrible strategy. Ferrari has had some great moments this season including the only ones to win a race. However, there have also been times when their strategy failed both the drivers to a better result. And as the Brazilian Grand Prix finished with their qualification sessions, Carlos Sainz fell prey to the horrible strategy.
The qualifications came to an end as the race at Sao Paolo confirmed the grid for Sunday. Charles Leclerc enjoyed yet another good result, being the third good result out of qualification in a row. However, it was not the same for his Spaniard teammate.
Carlos Sainz was too late to get out on the circuit with his fresh tires. However, he did not have much time to get some heat into it which would help him get better results. Saiz ended his qualifications in P8. Post-qualifications, Sainz said,
Carlos: “we went out too late, our tyres were too cold and we just lost everything there. It’s a shame because I thought our Q2 pace was very good, but we went out too late.”
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“We went out too late, our tires were too cold and we just lost everything there. It’s a shame because I thought our Q2 pace was very good, but we went out too late.”
The driver was not too thrilled with his result. His teammate managed to get a P2 and the advantage of starting the race alongside Max Verstappen. Carlos Sainz, however, was not satisfied with the strategy that Ferrari went for to get fresh tires.
Carlos Sainz blames strategy after hoping for better qualification
Carlos Sainz had great expectations from his qualifications. Ferrari’s strategies and plans that they have put to the test this season have been questioned. However, the driver was no more here for the strategy. Carlos Sainz was in a queue starting his third qualification session in P8. However, the driver finished his qualification in P8 too.
This was not the best result for the driver as he hoped for something better. Seeing Charles Leclerc take a position in the front of the grid for the third time, he wished to be starting ahead too. However, the strategy left him hanging behind.
🇧🇷 Carlos about if he would’ve qualified higher if he went out earlier:
“Yeah, was P8 on the queue and I qualified P8. P9 and P10 in the queue qualified behind me so it was clear the later you were going, the slower the track was and it was not ideal.”pic.twitter.com/ClWauAgqVQ
— Carlos Sainz News (@CSainzNews_) November 4, 2023
Post qualifications, Sainz believed he could have finished higher only if he returned to the circuit early. He said, “Yeah, was P8 on the queue and I qualified for P8. P9 and P10 in the queue qualified behind me so it was clear the later you were going, the slower the track was and it was not ideal.”
The Spaniard was the only driver to win a race except for the Red Bull drivers. He has also shown consistency for his team and brought podiums for them. However, his Brazilian Grand Prix cut him short of all his plans. The driver currently stands right behind Lewis Hamilton in the Championship Standings.