“Our pace wasn’t fast enough,” says Carlos Sainz after disappointing Belgian Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz Jr. finished 2022 Belgian Grand Prix in third place, holding on to the last spot on the podium after struggling to match the Oracle Red Bull Racing cars throughout the Sunday event. The Spaniard started the first race after the summer from pole position, after max verstappen he was demoted to fourteenth as a result of a power unit penalty.

the ferrari team driver was able to get off to a good start and avoid the drama of the opening race between Lewis Hamilton Y Fernando Alonso behind, before being overtaken by the Red Bull drivers from sergio perez and Verstappen. Sainz struggled with his tires towards the end of the race and appeared to be under pressure from george russellbut he was able to hold on to take his seventh podium finish of the season.

“The car felt pretty good today and we did the best we could, but our pace wasn’t fast enough this weekend to hold out for the win.”, said driver number fifty-five.

We had a solid race from start to finish, with good pit stops and strategic decisions, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Red Bulls behind as they simply had more pace.

It’s time to analyze and prepare for next week’s race in Zandvoort.”

Leclerc finishes sixth after unlucky race at Spa

Charles Leclerc he was another driver to take a power unit penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix and started alongside championship leader Verstappen in fifteenth place. The Monegasque got off to a good start but was forced to stop early as a result of a visor strip that came off him and got caught in the brake ducts of his Ferrari car.

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Leclerc pushed his way through the pack and was given a choice of his tire compound for the second half of the race, with his engineer predicting a fifth place finish. Ferrari then engaged the number sixteen driver with just two laps to go in an attempt to steal the fastest lap from Verstappen.

Ferrari mistimed the pit stop as Alonso would pass Leclerc on the penultimate lap to take fifth place; however, the Ferrari driver took the place again on the last lap. However, this went to waste, as Leclerc not only failed to set the fastest lap, but was handed a five-second pit-lane speeding penalty, demoting him to sixth place.

We started well, then on lap 3 we unfortunately had a tear in the brake duct which meant I had to stop when I was in P9. That set us back quite a bit. From that moment I knew it was going to be a difficult raceLeclerc explained.

The feeling in the car was quite good, but compared to our competitors we lacked pace. They made a big step before this weekend and we have to work to close the gap.”

Next weekend’s grand prix takes place in the Netherlands, Verstappen’s home race which he won last year. With the championship gap widening, Ferrari is hoping for some quieter weekends in the coming weeks.

Image: Scuderia Ferrari Press Office.

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