In a more error-plagued grand prix for Ferrari, with an endless pit stop that delayed Carlos Sainz even further in the race, the #55 again lacked pace when running in clean air, an explosive mix that made him finish 8th.
When everything seemed to indicate that perhaps there was something light at the end of the long tunnel that Carlos Sainz is going through so far in 2022, with a performance much more equal to that of his teammate Charles Leclerc in the first races of the second half of the season, everything returned to normal.
A normality that made him plummet while the Monegasque and the current world champion escaped to the front, something inexplicable from the point of view of the tires since all of them had started with the same compound, the soft one.
«An unsafe release that was not […] I had to brake so as not to take a McLaren mechanic with me »
A touch with lewis hamilton At the first change, surprisingly, it did not affect him in terms of the performance of his F1-75, but that was the least of Sainz’s concerns that were diluted in the race.
back to paddling
In his first step through the pit lane to change tires, everything went dark again: a stop of 12.7 seconds going from soft to medium ruined any chance of trying to get on the podium, or even opting for a different strategy than the others.
“Bad, very bad… everything that could go wrong has gone wrong,” Sainz confessed dejectedly to the microphones of DAZN F1. «Bad rhythm in the first stintthen a very bad stop, which has cost us practically 4 positions, ”continued #55.
To make matters worse, a yellow flag by the stranded AlphaTauri of Yuki Tsunoda, he complicated an overtaking that Esteban Ocon had been preparing and that was apparently carried out to the limit and without failing to respect these conditions. “Should I let you in?”Sainz asked over the radio, to which the team replied in the affirmative, but by then Norris was already in the wake of Alpine’s and didn’t do it.
Finally, in another of his stops, Sainz was about to collide with Fernando Alonso’s car, a maneuver of which everyone has their own vision. “After the yellow flag, which I I think I narrowly escaped. Then he unsafe release, which wasn’t, but I had to brake to avoid taking on a McLaren mechanic who was pulling the jack. It has not been unsafe releasetherefore I do not quite understand that decision, but … », he analyzed.
Previously, Sainz had convinced himself that he had done nothing wrong. the other car has exaggerated the brakingI’ve seen it on the screens and everything was fine”, explained a Sainz who leaves with the fly behind his ear to Monza but who positively values the first half of the year of ferrari.
“After today a little… uff… not worried, but I didn’t like it at all how the race went and we have to find a couple of things for Monza, because it is clear that the Mercedes and the Red Bulls are going a little faster in race pace, “he concluded.
Asked why he had failed at Zandvoort, Mattia Binotto He gave the same explanation as on previous occasions in which Ferrari has failed to measure up.
“Today, once again, we didn’t have the right rhythm in the race”, asserted the head of the Scuderia in the circuits. Binotto accepted that “it has been a disaster with Carlos”, with an exaggerated sanction. “We believe that the FIA have been tough. We have made room with the McLaren and the Alpine; he had to stop for the McLaren mechanics, he got the anti stall», he recounted.
Finally, Binotto made manifest the general discomfort that reigns in the team in this last stretch of the season. «We have lost something since Hungarythere is more potential than we have seen, “he concluded by wanting to go to Monza and leaving Sainz’s future sanction in the air for changes in his power unit.