MIAMI – Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz is hoping that Sunday’s podium end in Miami marks a turning level in his fortunes forward of his residence Grand Prix in Spain later this month.
Sainz completed third within the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, behind winner Max Verstappen of Red Bull and second-placed Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc.
Sainz was nonetheless coping with some neck ache through the race after being shaken up by a crash into the wall in Friday’s follow.
That incident adopted a crash with Australian Daniel Ricciardo at Imola which ended his race on the primary lap, the Spaniard’s second successive retirement.
In Australia two weeks earlier he had beached his automobile within the gravel on the second lap, and Sainz additionally crashed in dash qualifying at Imola.
“Obviously, I’m coming back from a pretty heavy crash on Friday. So, I wasn’t feeling 100%t today, but maybe also the fact that I haven’t done the last two races, so also, the neck feels that,” stated the Spaniard.
“It’s a combination of those two things that maybe I was paying a bit the price and at some stages of the race I couldn’t push 100%.”
Sainz will probably be trying to be the primary Spaniard and first Ferrari driver to win the Spanish Grand Prix since Fernando Alonso in 2013 and he stated it was important to have gotten a full race below his belt.
“It’s needed. I think I needed to complete a race distance, to get the body back to shape, and also get the feel for the car on used tires, high fuel,” he stated.
“I used to be nonetheless doing a few errors on the market through the race, simply because I used to be making an attempt the automobile and making an attempt myself on the market.
“I think I needed a race like this to reset a bit and build on it for the upcoming races. Up next is my home GP and we’ll make sure we get there in the very best (shape),” he stated.
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