Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz revealed the least favourite F1 podium of his career, revealing it to be the one he scored in Monaco.
Sainz’s first podium for Ferrari came at Monte Carlo, when he took second place after a dramatic race. Having qualified P4 at the Monaco GP, he started P3 and moved up a place after Valtteri Bottas’ freak retirement from the race.
However, that race saw the other Ferrari take pole position and fail to start the race. It was peaks and valleys that day for the Italian outfit, and it was a day the Spaniard was eager to forget.
Sainz revealed the least favourite podium of his career, saying that he couldn’t celebrate when his teammate had an absolute nightmare.
“Monaco is the least enjoyable podium of my career,” he told Marca, as quoted by f1i.com.
“I was really pissed off on Sunday. What happened with Charles and all that (in qualifying).
“I remember that I didn’t recover from the disappointment for three days because it was my first chance to win a race and to take pole.”
Sainz ended up finishing the season ahead of Leclerc despite trailing him for most of it. It was the first time the Monegasque lost to a teammate in his F1 career, but he did have some severe moments of bad luck like the Monaco GP incident.
“At Ferrari, I’ve come up against one of the fastest drivers I’ve ever faced,” Sainz said of Leclerc. “A very complete driver.
“I came from two very good years at McLaren. I wasn’t afraid to take on anyone or anything. The first half was tough.
“I had to adapt, but in the second half I started to go very fast and feel very comfortable with the car. That allowed me to do results and races at the level I expected of myself.”