Carlos Sainz was 4th today in a race that got complicated for Ferrari after the Maranello based team opted for surprising strategies and had complications during pit stops.
The Scuderia aimed for a 1-2 to head into the summer break on a high but had to leave Hungary with a 4th and 6th place losing significantly against Verstappen´s impressive comeback from p10 to p1.
Asked by Sky Sports about today´s race, the Spanish driver could not hide his frustration and vows for a summer break of analysis for the Scuderia.
“We clearly struggled as a team. Today, a bit puzzled because we expected to do a very good race pace coming from Friday but it´s clear that these lower temperatures, the track conditions changes that we had today there was something going on with the car and the tires that we just were not fast. Something to analyse. A day probably to look back with groups see what we did wrong for this kind of conditions and come back after the summer break with a better package.”
The pit stops were a headache for Ferrari and Sainz believes they cost him dearly today in the Hungaroring.
“Particularly the first one I think cost me the overcut on George which obviously would have simplified the race from there on because then you don´t have the dirty air and I could have, I think, done an overcut with a fast pitstop but it is what it is. We have been decent on pitstops all year but it is true there´s now and then a couple of pitstops that are failing us and we need to analyze what we can do better so we want to be stronger in the second half.”
It´s not the first time Ferrari´s strategies cost their drivers a significant amount of points. Sainz, however, believes Ferrari´s main problem was an unexpected lack of pace.
“I don´t know what we could have done better on strategy but I can tell you when the pace is bad like it was today the strategy is always difficult because if you don´t have pace with any compound you are always going to struggle with strategy because you have very little flexibility. Yes, the pitstop cost me today two times and it switched my second stint because from probably leading the race I went to P3 and having to manage the tires a lot which was a shame but do you include that as strategy? I don´t know. I think today we were just slow and if you compare our pace against the Red Bull on Friday to our pace against the Red Bull today there was clearly something in the car and in the tires that we were just not doing right.”