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F1 | Sainz believes “there will be another great fight” for the title in Abu Dhabi

Ferrari virtually secures third place in the constructors' championship, because his 38-point lead over McLaren seems insurmountable, a double of

F1 | Sainz believes “there will be another great fight” for the title in Abu Dhabi


Ferrari virtually secures third place in the constructors’ championship, because his 38-point lead over McLaren seems insurmountable, a double of those of Woking in Abu Dhabi is, today, implausible. All with a seventh from Leclerc and eighth from Sainz. It hurt the Monegasque to stop in the safety car, which later became a red flag, because Ocon, who stayed out, was third throughout the race and finished fourth. To the Madrid, on the contrary, it benefited him because he consolidated the positions won in an offensive start.

However, AS consulted Carlos about a loss of about five seconds in the first virtual safety car with respect to Giovinazzi that forced him to come back from then on, and the driver admits that something strange happened: “We are analyzing it because there was some confusion. Charles gave me the position (during the virtual safety car) and the delta (time to mark) was not clear, I lost about five or six seconds. We have to analyze why, this is a loss of five seconds due to confusion. “

On his strategy, he commented: “The red flag benefited me because it kept me 10th but the decision to make was difficult, There were 37 laps to go and I had to ride the average. Then the second red flag allowed me to put the used hard tires back on, but we decided to keep the average. I think it was the right decision because I was able to push hard all the ‘stint’. But in the last laps he was struggling with the right front. I lost a lot of rhythm. “Then Leclerc recovered the position, with better tires, but they were not team orders,” it was clean, “confirmed Sainz.

The final battle

On the other hand, Carlos Sainz visited the Spanish pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020, which has been held since October in the neighboring emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Ferrari driver appeared with Estrella Galicia, his sponsor since 2013, hours after a Saudi Arabian GP in which he finished eighth behind Leclerc. On the controversial Verstappen-Hamilton, he commented: “From my point of view, I think there is going to be a great fight again, a very close fight. I just hope both riders have a fair fightBe honest with the contrary and we can all enjoy a spectacular end of the season in F1. “

“I think I have made progress since September. That progress has made me stronger in the last four or five competition weekends where I’ve been driving the car to the limit in practice and racing, and that has seen me consistently finish in points positions. I am proud of that progress in recent weeks and it makes me feel confident for 2022, ”said the Madrid-born, who is seventh in the World Cup.

Regarding his visit to the international event, he assured: “Coming to Expo Dubai 2020 has seemed spectacular to me, I have enjoyed it very much; It has been one of the most impressive things I have seen lately. I have been able to visit practically everything accompanied by my friends from Estrella Galicia 0,0 and it has made me feel very proud of being Spanish, sincerely, and of our culture, so I encourage everyone to come and enjoy this pavilion. Already from the outside you can see that it is special ”.

Binotto: “I’m happy, but not with the result”

Mattia Binotto, along with the two Ferrari drivers, did not hide the discontent at a circuit that should have reported more points to those in Maranello: “Third place in constructors gives us serenity for the winter. But neither I, nor the drivers nor the We are happy with this result, we were able to do better, we were unlucky with some race situations, because ours was the third car in terms of pace this weekend. It is a new circuit that shows that our preparation for the race, in Maranello, it allowed us to arrive here in the best possible position. I’m happy with that, but not with the result. “