"The further you are up on the grid, the more confidence you have in your own pace," said Seidl. "Obviously, it takes the appetite away to go for big gambling, which Haas clearly did.
"From our point of view, where we started, we were in a good position to score good points purely down to our own pace as long as we were pretty much the same as the other cars around us, so there was no appetite to gamble."
Seidl has also defended his team's race strategy, in particular, with Sainz losing a number of places after boxing early on when the pitlane was at its busiest.
"Haas we have to put to one side because it was just gambling," added Seidl. "But if you look at who stopped before Carlos, it was [Valtteri] Bottas and [Charles] Leclerc the lap before.
"In the end, with the track drying out, there's always a question mark on which tyre to put on, and look at Leclerc for example, I think Ferrari got it wrong.
"They probably wanted to put the soft on, because it obviously has more grip, especially in damp conditions, and to be on the safe side. In the end, that cost him the race compared to us, even with the problems we had at the pit stop.
"I think it was the right timing on Carlos's car when we did the stop because we didn't want to gamble. We wanted to stay in line with the competitors around us.
"There's always a risk and a reward, there's always a balance, and that was not the issue."
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