Despite the challenges, the Spaniard managed to secure a commendable sixth position and although he was frustrated that their battle was limited to this position, he opted to shift focus towards the future.
"A very tricky lap one for everyone with the dirty air," Sainz told Sky Sports F1. "The cold tyres, the no grip on the inside of the track. It was incredibly tricky, but we managed to salvage P6 after being nearly dead last.
"Damage limitation race with a decent P6 but at the same time, not being able to be fighting up there for the win given the pace of the car this weekend was a disappointment.
"Looking forward to Abu Dhabi, trying to beat Mercedes in the constructors' and finish on a high. Hopefully fighting for a podium, that is the number one target. It's not going to be easy, but I think we have all the tools to go for it."
Battle for P2
Ferrari and Mercedes are locked in a tight competition for second place in the constructors' championship, with one more race remaining to determine the victor.
However, the Scuderia narrowed the gap to Mercedes to a mere four points following the drama in Las Vegas, thanks to Charles Leclerc's podium finish.
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.