At the last Grand Prix of Silverstone, Carlos Sainz won the first victory of his career in Formula 1. But this success soon gave way to controversy. Charles Leclerc has publicly criticized Ferrari’s strategy, which allowed the Spaniard to win, a scenario that is likely to happen again.
” I don’t know what to say, it’s amazing. First win, after 150 races, with Ferrari at Silverstone, I can’t ask for more. It’s a very special day, one I will never forget. It’s a very special weekend in general. Thank you everyone for the support. For the first time, Carlos Sainz won a Formula 1 Grand Prix last weekend at Silverstone. Huge joy for the Spaniard, who could not overcome the controversy that followed.
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Leclerc was disappointed with the strategy
Charles Leclerc He didn’t utter his words at the end of the race, regretting the team’s strategy that was unfavorable to him: ” I could have stopped, but was asked to stay on track. That’s what I did. Frankly, I am very disappointed. Especially for the first part of the race, I feel like I lost a lot of time. » Signs He did not hesitate to violate the instructions Ferrari In order to strive for his first victory.
Sainz assumes his choice
A scenario that could happen again in the future. In fact, the Spanish driver said he did not regret his choice. ” Well, Ferrari won, I won, so it certainly wasn’t a bad decision. “He did not say.” I think at that moment, in the car, I knew very well what I had to do. I knew I shouldn’t put Charles in a broken position, but also give Ferrari a race win – that’s what matters most to the team and I think everything I did was reasonable. I didn’t put Charles in danger or undue pressure by passing him, knowing I would get past him quite easily. »
“I would do the same again”
Signs He confirmed that he was willing to do the same thing again without hesitation: I won the race with Ferrari and I think it was a good result in the end. So yeah, I would do the same again and I think the team totally understood my situation – which is why they didn’t ask for the 10 car lengths again because they knew what I argued during the radio commentary was absolutely correct.. »
Leclerc 2nd, Sainz 3rd
So it doesn’t look so good indoors Ferrari. This Friday during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc He finished second behind him Max Verstappenbut in front of his teammate Carlos Sainz. It remains to be seen how the team intends to manage the situation and whether a real number 1 will be put in place. Currently, only 11 points separate the two men in the drivers’ standings.