Sainz suffered a nasty shunt in Friday’s second free follow session, crashing into the unprotected concrete wall on the surface of Flip 14.
The Spaniard managed to rebuild his confidence on Saturday and certified second behind teammate Charles Leclerc.
From there he was pressured to let Crimson Bull’s eventual race winner Max Verstappen by at the beginning, however he then held off the second Crimson Bull of Sergio Perez, regardless of the Mexican having fun with at tyre benefit on the finish of the race.
Sainz crossed the road in third some eight seconds behind Verstappen to take the ultimate podium spot.
Talking instantly after the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, Sainz revealed he was nonetheless feeling the implications of Friday’s heavy hit, admitting he was battling neck ache throughout Sunday’s sweltering race.
“I have been higher. Clearly, after the crash from Friday I nonetheless had a little bit of a neck ache going into the race, however I needed to handle it and I fought by means of it.
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75
Photograph by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Images
“Particularly with Checo on the tip on the medium tyre, it was very tough to maintain him behind, however we managed to maintain the rostrum, which is a good end result.”
Even at the perfect of instances Sunday’s a lot anticipated occasion turned an especially bodily problem for the drivers as a result of bumpy nature of the racetrack, and South Florida’s warmth and humidity.
Sainz, who remains to be in search of his first win, to this point struggled to get on prime of the Ferrari F1-75 and match teammate Leclerc, however at the least ended a run of two consecutive DNFs with a 3rd podium of his 2022 season.
“It wasn’t straightforward in any respect,” he acknowledged. “It has been a tricky race with the tyres, with the warmth. The automotive was transferring and sliding quite a bit.
“However in the long run, we received what we deserved I feel, which is a good P3, and we are able to construct it up from right here. I need extra but it surely’s not unhealthy.”