A Sunday to forget for Ferrari
The true and biggest disappointment of the Monte Carlo Sunday was Scuderia Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. The Spanish driver, who started from fourth position on the grid and had a realistic chance of aiming for the third step of the podium on the streets of Monte Carlo, instead fell back to eighth place. What hindered the Ferrari driver the most were a couple of mistakes on the track: the first one at the beginning of the race, when he damaged his front wing in an unlikely overtaking attempt on the Alpine of Esteban Ocon; the second one when the rain arrived, with a mistake that ultimately dropped him behind his teammate Charles Leclerc.
More than individual driving errors, however, in the post-race analysis, the 28-year-old from Madrid focused mainly on a few lapses in managing the strategies. With great transparency, the Ferrari driver did not blame the Maranello team and the pit wall, but admitted that he himself made some wrong decisions that led him to slip back in the rankings.
Carlos Sainz’s comments
“We tried to stay out for one more lap after the second pit stop, from medium to hard tires,” commented #55 to the microphones of Sky Sport F1, “but it was a mistake, also on my part, wanting to stay out for one more lap. We’ll learn from it. Clearly, today was a bit of a lottery, and it wasn’t easy to judge. It was a difficult race.” – the Spaniard pointed out.
Heading towards Barcelona
With this result, Carlos Sainz has dropped to sixth place in the Drivers’ Championship, behind both Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. The next race will be particularly important for the son of an F1 legend as it will take place in his home country, Spain, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
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