Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc both wondered what could have happened after the Canadian Grand Prix, finishing second and fifth respectively; Next up for F1 is the British Grand Prix with all sessions live on Sky Sports F1 the weekend of July 1-3
Last update: 06/19/22 22:52
Carlos Sainz says he left ‘nothing on the table’ at end of Canadian GP as he pushed Max Verstappen to finish line
Carlos Sainz put on a frustrated figure after Max Verstappen held the Ferrari driver’s charge to deny him his maiden Formula 1 victory.
The Spaniard had qualified third for the Canadian Grand Prix and was in the lead throughout the race in Montreal, even leading at one point and being involved in a fight with Red Bull driver Verstappen for victory during the Last 15 laps following a safety car. period.
But, despite his best efforts, Sainz could not get close enough to the reigning world champion to attempt a pass in the closing stages and felt that his second place finish did not match his overall performance.
Montreal Canadian GP Highlights
“This weekend I was faster,” said Sainz. “This weekend, for the first time in the championship, I was the fastest guy on the track in both medium and hard – I caught Max every time.
“I felt comfortable with the car, I was close to the walls with confidence and I felt comfortable there. It’s a shame not to have taken the first victory.
“I can tell you I left it all there, I wanted my first win as much as you guys want even more, so you can imagine how hard I was pushing.”
Sainz felt he had the race pace to hold off Verstappen had he been able to retain the lead without the safety car which was put in place when Mick Schumacher’s car suffered a mechanical failure and saw the man Ferrari dive into the pits.
Carlos Sainz overtakes Fernando Alonso to take second place
Emerging behind Verstappen, he was able to stay within DRS range for the closing stages, but even with that he couldn’t close the gap enough.
“Overtaking there was not easy with a tailwind on the main straight, there was very little slipstream, very little DRS effect and it was very difficult to overtake on the Red Bull,” said Sainz said. “I’ve been close a few times and I know I gave my all.
“Without the safety car, I could have hung on there. I think I was quite fast, and Max was catching me but not at a hill that was going to overtake me easily at the end of the race.”
His team-mate Charles Leclerc eventually finished fifth, starting from the back of the grid due to a penalty that led him to start on hard tires and adopt a one-stop strategy.
Charles Leclerc was frustrated with his race despite a brilliant comeback to finish fifth at the Canadian GP
Before stopping, he found himself stuck behind Esteban Ocon’s Alpine after squeezing his way into the points and when he finally arrived for his pit stop on lap 42, the former championship leader reappeared in 12th position.
The safety car period allowed Leclerc to close in and squeeze through the field, but although he was ultimately happy with the result, the former championship leader still showed frustration after the race. .
“The last part was nice but the very first part, I was stuck on a DRS train, and there was nothing I could do,” Leclerc said.
“The end was quite fun; I had to be a bit more aggressive to get at least a few points and we finished fifth at the end, which is the best considering everything that happened today.
“I felt like Carlos was strong today, so that shows it would have been tight.”