Carlos Sainz: “I would like not to comment on that” / Formula 1

Carlos Sainz: “I would like not to comment on that” / Formula 1

Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz had a duel at the start of the Chinese GP that set them both back. The Spaniard insisted after the race: “That was not good for any of us.”

Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc had already battled in the Chinese race, and the two Ferrari drivers also battled in the GP. Leclerc, who had complained about his teammate’s driving style the day before, didn’t really want to comment on it and only said: “It’s always difficult with the tires at the start.”

Sainz was also tight-lipped and said in the “Sky Sports F1” Interview: “I would like not to comment on it, but obviously this incident cost us two starting positions. So that was not a help for either of us.”

Sainz crossed the finish line behind Leclerc and finished fifth. He then summarized: “Considering our pace and the event in the first two corners, I don’t think anything more would be possible. After starting it was a matter of getting back to the front. I had to bat very early and work for a long time on a hard pitch, which of course didn’t help either.”

The three-time GP winner said of the competition: “I think McLaren was generally strong this weekend. In all cases they were faster in qualifying and in the race. I think there will be a stretch where we will be ahead again. We just have to look from track to track and wait for an update that will hopefully give us more performance.

China-GP, Shanghai International Circuit

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:40:52,554 h
02. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +13,773 sec
03. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +19,160
04. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +23,623
05. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +33,983
06. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +38,724
07. Fernando Alonso (E), Aston Martin, +43,414
08. Oscar Piastri (AUS), McLaren, +56.198
09. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +57,986
10. Nico Hülkenberg (D), Haas, +1:00,476 min
11. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +1:02,812
12. Alex Albon (T), Williams, +1:05,506
13. Pierre Gasly (F), Alpine, +1:09,223
14. Guanyu Zhou (RCH), Sauber, +1:11,689
15. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +1:22,768
16. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1:27.553
17. Logan Sargeant (USA), Williams, +1:35,110
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Racing Bull, collision
Yuki Tsunoda (J), Racing Bulls, Collision
Valtteri Bottas (FIN), clean, engine

World Championship Position (after 5 out of 24 Grands Prix and 1 out of 6 Sprints)

the driver
01. Verstappen 110 points
02. Perez 85
03. Leclerc 76
04. Sainz 69
05. Norris 58
06. Plate 38
07. Russell 33
08. Alonso 31
09. Hamilton 19
10. Walk 9
11. Tsunoda 7
12. Oliver Bearman (GB) 6
13. Hulkenberg 4
14. Magnussen 1
15. Alboni 0
16. Okon 0
17. Zhou 0
18. Ricciardo 0
19. 0 gas
20. Bota 0
21. Sergeant 0

Builders Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 195 Punkte
02. Ferrari 151
03. McLaren 96
04. Mercedes 52
05. Aston Martin 40
06. Running Bull 7
07. Exactly 5
08. Williams 0
09. Alpine 0
10. Sauber 0