Carlos Sainz said he left nothing on the track after an impressive drive to finish second behind AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly in a thrilling Italian GP at Monza.
The Spaniard was sitting comfortably in second behind Lewis Hamilton in the early stages, and expected to lead when Hamilton received a 10-second stop-go penalty.
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However, despite a red flag and another standing start on the grid levelling up the field, Sainz claimed a creditable second spot and admitted he was satisfied with his drive.
He said: “I’m especially happy with the way I raced, I gave absolutely everything and didn’t leave anything on the table after we were out there battling our way back.
🇮🇹P2 IN MONZA! So close and yet so far, but still extremely happy with my 2nd podium! Great start and great pace behind Lewis. We could have won without the red flag, but I’m proud of our comeback after the restart. Team has been great. We deserve it!
“During the safety car I felt like I’d be leading the race but the red flag gave everyone an opportunity to reset their tyres. I felt honestly angry but after that it was head down and we nearly made it back to Pierre.
“I had a chance to win the race, then came the red flag, which hit me hard. Another bit of bad luck when I was running comfortably in second but I can’t be too disappointed.
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“Four-tenths behind across the start-finish line with the DRS [Drag Reduction System] would have been a cruise past Pierre [Gasly] but I prefer not to think about that!”
Sainz, who will join struggling Ferrari from next season, also stated he only would have needed one more lap to catch leader Gasly and later acknowledged his team told him just in time about the pit lane closure which saw Hamilton receive his costly penalty.
Enjoy that podium, @Carlossainz55. 🧡#ItalianGP 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/0doQgOF8qt
He added: “It’s incredible I’m halfway disappointed with P2, I wouldn’t have believed I would’ve got a chance to fight for victory today.
“We were very, very close, so honestly in a normal race we would have got P2 behind Lewis because we had really good pace. It’s what we deserved.
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