Carlos Sainz says he was the fastest boy on the track; The Ferrari drivers frustrated after the Canada Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc were both left wondering what could have been after the Canadian Grand Prix, finishing second and fifth respectively; the next round for F1 is the British Grand Prix with all sessions live on Sky Sports F1 over the weekend of 1-3 July

Last updated: 19/06/22 22:52

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Carlos Sainz says he left “nothing on the table” at the end of the Canadian GP as he pushed Max Verstappen to the finish

Carlos Sainz says he left “nothing on the table” at the end of the Canadian GP as he pushed Max Verstappen to the finish

Carlos Sainz made a frustrated figure after Max Verstappen kept the Ferrari driver at bay by denying him his maiden Formula 1 victory.

The Spaniard had qualified third for the Canadian Grand Prix and led the standings throughout the race in Montreal, even coming in the lead and being involved in a fight with Red Bull driver Verstappen for victory over the last 15 years. laps following a safety car period.

But as much as he might try, Sainz was unable to get close enough to the reigning world champion to attempt a pass in the final stages and felt his second place didn’t match his overall performance.

Highlights from the Canadian GP from Montreal

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Highlights from the Canadian GP from Montreal

Highlights from the Canadian GP from Montreal

“This weekend I was faster,” Sainz said. “This weekend, for the first time in the championship, I was the fastest guy on the track in both medium and hard – I caught up with Max on both occasions.

“I felt comfortable in the car, I was close to the walls with confidence and I felt comfortable out there. It’s a shame we didn’t get the first win.

“I can tell you I left it all out there, I wanted my first win just as much as you guys for even more, so you can imagine how pushing I was.”

Sainz felt he had the race pace to keep Verstappen at bay if he was able to hold the lead without the safety car which was knocked out when Mick Schumacher’s car suffered mechanical failure and saw the Ferrari driver dive into the box.

Carlos Sainz overtakes Fernando Alonso to move up to second place

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Carlos Sainz overtakes Fernando Alonso to move up to second place

Carlos Sainz overtakes Fernando Alonso to move up to second place

Emerging behind Verstappen, he was able to stay in the DRS range for the closing stages, but even with that he couldn’t close the gap enough.

“Overtaking was not easy with a tailwind down the main straight, there was very little wake, very little DRS effect and it was very difficult to make any overtaking on Red Bull,” said Sainz. “I have been close to it a couple of times and I know I have given my best.

“Without the safety car, I could have hung it out there. I think I was fast enough and Max was catching me but not a pass that would have easily overtaken me at the end of the race.”

Team-mate Charles Leclerc ultimately finished fifth, starting from the back of the grid due to a penalty that led him to start on the hard tire and adopt a one-stop strategy.

Charles Leclerc was frustrated by his race despite a brilliant comeback to finish fifth at the Canada GP

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Charles Leclerc was frustrated by his race despite a brilliant recovery to finish fifth at the Canadian GP

Charles Leclerc was frustrated by his race despite a brilliant recovery to finish fifth at the Canadian GP

Before returning to the pits, he found himself stuck behind Esteban Ocon’s Alpine after making it to the points and when he finally returned for his stop on lap 42, the former championship leader resurfaced in 12th. place.

The safety car period allowed Leclerc to close and cut the field, but although he was ultimately satisfied with the result, the former championship leader still made a frustrated figure after the race.

“The last part was nice, but the first part I got stuck in a DRS train and couldn’t do anything,” Leclerc said.

“The finish was quite fun; I had to be a little more aggressive to get at least a few points and we ended up finishing fifth, which is the best considering everything that happened today.

“I felt like Carlos was strong today, so this shows it would be close.”

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