A third-place finish by Carlos Sainz helped Mission Winnow earn a point for the São Paulo Grand Prix
The prancing horse squad did quite well in Sprint Qualifying, gaining one championship point to extend their third-place lead.
Sainz had a wonderful race, starting with an aggressive charge on the first lap and then defending brilliantly in his protracted fight with Perez, which lasted over 20 laps.
He was able to stay ahead of a Red Bull that had the advantage of DRS and a tyre compound that in theory should have been better over distance due to a great job from the driver and progress made with the car, especially since the introduction of the new hybrid system, thanks to a great job from the driver and progress made with the car, especially since the introduction of the new hybrid system, he was able to stay ahead of a Red Bull that had the advantage of DRS.
Sainz comments, "That was a very good Sprint Qualifying for me after one of my best starts of the season."
He adds, "I feel starts are one of my strengths, and I have been working a lot this year to nail them with this car. Going for the Soft tyre was a 50/50 choice. We knew they would be good for the first two or three laps but from then on tyre management and defense would be critical."
He continues, "I managed to find the right balance between pushing at the start and maintaining a stable pace after that. The slightest mistake and the Red Bull could have overtaken us easily as they had a much faster pace. It was very difficult to keep Checo behind, but I’m happy I managed it, because it gives us an extra point and a good opportunity tomorrow."
He concludes, "The race will be tough, but I’ll try to keep up this pace and let’s see if we can hold on and bring home a good result."