Carlos Sainz: Hard work pays off and we are here



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Carlos Sainz: Hard work pays off and we are here

Carlos Sainz says the Italian team is back after a double victory at the opening of the 2022 season in the race for the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Spaniard finished behind his teammate on the Sakhir track and thus helped Ferrari to reach the first double victory dating back to 2019 achieved at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Sainz had some problems during the racing weekend in Bahrain, but second place was still an extra boost for him. Carlos praised the efforts Ferrari has made to reach this result and assures that Ferrari is back. "First of all, congratulations to Charles and congratulations to Ferrari," Sainz said.

“Ferrari came back, and came back right, with 1-2 (the result), where the team should have been in the last two years. Hard work pays off and we are here, "he said. The driver of the Italian team explains that he personally had a strange weekend and that he did not have the pace in the race to be able to follow his teammate.

But he adds that he managed to endure and contribute to the double victory for Ferrari. "It was a very strange weekend for me, I will not lie. I didn’t have the pace today, but I succeed to manage and bring 1-2 for the team.

I have some homework to do in the next few days and I am sure I will come back stronger, ”he added. The Spanish driver then touched on his fight with Verstappen after the safety car pulled off the track. He says the Dutchman defended well after his attack and then noticed that something was going on at Red Bull’s car.

“At the restart, I had a strong opportunity because I had a very clean start behind Charles and Max. He defended himself well, to be honest, and then I suddenly saw some red lights on the back of his car and said, ‘Okay, this is my chance,’ ”he explains.

"He was unlucky. I think he drove well enough today to take second place. I had a good opportunity with him, and then he had to give up, so that's what it is - it's good for Ferrari, "concluded Sainz.

Max on the race

Verstappen had to give up because of a car problem “The big problem was what happened afterwards, which seemed like the fuel wasn’t getting to the engine at all and everything was essentially shut down and I drove back to the pitlanes,” Verstappen said.

“That’s not what we want, especially after we had positive test days and a positive weekend. It seemed that with the small problems we have, being in second place would be a good result, 18 points, probably, with Chec in fourth place. " "But to give up both cars at the end of the race is very disappointing."