Neither of Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow drivers were pleased with the results at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve (Portimao), as Carlos Sainz Jr dropped out of the points, losing small ground on McLaren F1 Team after they enjoyed another promising Grand Prix.
The Spaniard entered the Portuguese Grand Prix full of promise after out-qualifying his team-mate for the first time this season, starting in seventh and having a good start in Portugal on the soft tyres – keeping close tabs on Lando Norris.
Then it all started to fall apart for Sainz in the second stint. Trading his soft tyres to the medium compound, it seemed he pushed too much. His tyre performance dropped, eventually falling out of the points to finish eleventh.
An understandably disappointed Sainz said he found it difficult in the second part of the Grand Prix and felt it was a missed opportunity to score good points.
“We didn’t have a good day. Even though I got a good start, the race was very tough after the pit stop.
“During the first stint I was feeling very good on the Soft tyre behind Lando. Then, we tried the undercut by changing quite early onto the Medium and it didn’t work. From there on, it was a big struggle to make it to the end with that compound due to the graining.“
Sainz continued: “I’m disappointed, as I feel we had a good opportunity to score good points today. We will analyse the race, learn from the strategy, from the tyres and from the car behaviour. On to Spain.”
Charles Leclerc – “I can’t be satisfied with P6”
His team-mate Charles Leclerc had a disappointing qualifying session, only managing to go eighth fastest and three-tenths slower than his Ferrari companion.
However, on a slightly different strategy compared to Sainz, Leclerc started on the medium, and while he struggled in the opening laps of the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Monaco-born driver fought back into the points and finished in what seemed a respectable sixth, one place behind Norris.
Despite picking up a good amount of points, Leclerc admitted he couldn’t be satisfied with the result and struggled more than others with tyre performance on medium compounds.
“I can’t be satisfied with P6, and overall, I haven’t been performing at my best this weekend. That said, looking at my drive in the race, I am happy with the job I did.
“I had a good start to the first stint, but then Carlos and I both struggled a lot with graining on the medium tyre, which didn’t seem to affect the others so much.
“As a team, we have to understand what happened there. A fifth may have been possible today, but I don’t think we could have done much more.”