Sainz: It felt good to make Leclerc give up in Japan
Carlos Sainz admits it felt good to force Charles Leclerc to give up his pursuit of P5 in the Japanese Grand Prix, as it showed that McLaren were too quick for the deficit to be made up by the Ferrari in behind.
After an early collision with Max Verstappen caused him front wing damage, Leclerc was forced to the back of the grid and into recovery mode to try and make up the positions. He eventually got Sainz in his sights, but was unable to initiate an overtake due to the time between the two cars combined with his tyre degradation.
When asked by Motorsport.com if it felt good to leave a Ferrari in his wake, Sainz responded in agreement.
“Oh yeah, it did. When you have a Ferrari 10 seconds behind, and when they are a couple of seconds faster in race pace, you think you’re not going to make it,” he said.
“But I had been saving my tyres at the beginning of the stint and when I was required to push I was able to find half a second of pace and although he was half a second quicker for the first three or four laps, he suddenly degraded and I kept up the pace and he gave up. It was nice!”
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