Carlos Sainz revealed why he was slower than Charles Leclerc at Monza.
Sainz was doing well, and was on course to having a perfect weekend. However, he suffered a nasty crash during FP2, and that took a toll on him. Sainz ultimately finished seventh in the sprint, but he was way slower than Leclerc, who finished P6.
Sainz talked about his shunt in practice and how it affected him. He addressed the sprint and revealed why he was slower than Leclerc at Monza.
“After the start, I tried to rebuild my feeling with the car because after this morning’s accident I didn’t have much confidence,” Sainz said, as reported by Motorsport.com
“I tried not to force it and find my feeling for tomorrow’s race.”
Sainz should leave the past behind
Sainz insists, however, that he will make up for his lacklustre performance on race day. By then, his car will also be fully fixed, and he is hoping to snag a few places and climb up the grid. This will be his first Italian GP where he is part of the home team, and he will want to put on a show.
The crash in practice hampered his confidence. This was only part of the problem, as the Ferraris were considerably slower than Mercedes and title rivals McLaren. The latter is more crucial, given both their cars sit in the top three for the race.
Sainz did finish seventh in the sprint race, but he will start the race in sixth position. This is because Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas will start the race from the rear, having taken a penalty for swapping his engine. This means points are there for the taking as long as Ferrari and Sainz don’t mess it up.