The Spaniards didn’t want to end their Ferrari debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix with an early crash, so they were eager to not take risks right after the start.
However, due to his comfort, he shuffled the puck too much and had to spend much of the night recovering before returning second behind his teammate Charles Leclerc and finally returning home in eighth. It was.
Hoping to finish higher, Sainz said he felt the performance throughout the race was pretty strong, especially because of how his early attention compromised him.
“Overall, it was a good weekend for me,” Sainz explained after the race. “The results themselves may not be special, but I think the weekends are stronger than the results we feel in the race and qualifying conditions.
“After the first few laps, I stood a little on my hind legs. I probably took a slightly more cautious approach to the first few laps with Ferrari. I just wanted to make sure I finished this race.
“If I managed to clear the two slow cars, Aston and Alpine, and get into the clean air, I was really very happy with the car and I was able to get the pace out of the car.
“So a good first weekend. In the next 22 races, we’ll be a little more aggressive at the start and have some time to get a little better in the first few laps. We’ll have to get out of the car a little more.”
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21
Photo: Zak Mauger / Motorsport image
Coincidentally, Sainz finished just behind McLaren’s successor, Daniel Ricciardo. I felt this was a good sign considering how fast the previous team was last year.
“It’s encouraging because I remember passing Charles pretty easily last year, so I remember how big the difference between McLaren and Ferrari was,” he said.
“I was on the verge of overtaking McLaren in the end, and I was at a much better pace than Daniel towards the end of the race. I was catching in 0.5 seconds per lap.
“So there are positive signs, encouragement, and a big step compared to last year. Now it’s important to tweak the details, keep working hard in Maranello, and keep improving.”
I was too cautious at the first Ferrari restart
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