Scuderia Ferrari Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jnr admitted that the Maranello team didn’t see their strong Monaco form coming after finishing second in last weekend’s race. Carlos Sainz confirmed that the Italian side didn’t believe how competitive they would be in Monaco until after practice began on the streets of Monte Carlo:
“I think we were all were a bit surprised,” he said. “I think the whole paddock in general was a bit surprised that that the car was performing at that level. But once we saw on Thursday that it was genuine, we wanted to win.” – he explained.
His team mate Charles Leclerc took pole position, but was unable to start due to undetected damage incurred in his qualifying crash. Sainz took fourth on the grid and finished second.
“Unfortunately due to a few circumstances, we couldn’t get [the win]. But I’m happy to see the team making their steps forward. I think Ferrari deserves to be on the podium this weekend. I think Ferrari deserves a win this weekend, but we couldn’t get it.” – the Spanish driver concluded.