Ferrari Method 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr says his former McLaren staff produces “most likely essentially the most troublesome automobiles to overhaul” after spending the British Grand Prix caught behind Daniel Ricciardo.
Since leaving McLaren for Ferrari over the low season, Sainz has typically encountered his former staff on observe as the 2 outfits battle over third place in F1’s 2021 constructors’ championship.
Final weekend’s British GP was the most recent race through which the Spaniard was locked in battle with a McLaren, having shadowed Ricciardo for giant spells of the Silverstone race as they fought over fifth.
However as within the Bahrain season opener and the Spanish GP – the place each instances Ricciardo additionally saved him at bay – Sainz was unable to negate the McLaren’s glorious straightline efficiency, aided by its change to Mercedes energy this 12 months.
“Sadly, it has occurred to me now just a few instances that caught behind a McLaren I’m not in a position to cross,” Sainz stated after ending sixth at Silverstone.
“It isn’t information, they’ve a really sturdy straightline pace, very sturdy deployment and energy on exit of corners and it’s most likely one of the troublesome automobiles to overhaul.”
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21
Photograph by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images
Sainz was left annoyed after an early overcut on Ricciardo did not work out attributable to a poor pitstop from Ferrari, which left the Spaniard within the pitbox for ten further seconds whereas his front-left wheel was tightened.
That finally meant Sainz can be caught behind the Australian till the tip.
“Yeah, sadly we have been a step behind Ricciardo the entire race,” he added.
“First on the medium, then we truly managed to overcut him with a really sturdy tempo through the cleaner laps however sadly after the gradual pitstop I needed to go behind him once more.
“On the exhausting tyre it was much more troublesome to overhaul him, as a result of it simply felt just like the exhausting tyre within the excessive pace couldn’t take the load of the soiled air and I used to be understeering much more, and I could not sustain with him within the excessive pace.
“Although I had DRS I wasn’t shut sufficient to him to attempt to get him.”