Carlos Sainz was second in the Italian Grand Prix celebrated on Monza in 2020. Spanish brushed against McLaren his first victory and ended up staying at 0.415 seconds this. A season later, on this same track, Daniel Ricciardo gave McLaren its first win since 2012. And not only that, but his teammate, Lando Norris, was second, thus giving the British team a double.
This victory comes a year late as recognized by Carlos Sainz in As, where he has thus valued the triumph of McLaren at Monza: “This Sunday they had an impressive pace, throughout the weekend, from the start we saw that they were capable of fighting for the podium. There was even more rhythm than we had last yearWhich was good, but not that good. The combination of a good start and a good pace helped them complete a solid weekend. I congratulate you, it is a team that, as you know, I really appreciate. I am happy, in a way, for who my team of engineers was and for a team with whom I worked very hard., and with whom we live hard moments ”.
“It’s nice to see a historic team like McLaren win again. But unfortunately, we fought with them for third place in the constructors’ championship and this is the worst possible result”, The Madrilenian added with a laugh. “But they are still within our grasp, have taken the opportunity and congratulations. We will try to get closer to Russia ”, he concluded Carlos Sainz. It should be noted that after its double in the Italian Grand Prix, McLaren has regained third place in the World Championship to the detriment of Ferrari, which is now ahead of the team in 13.5 points.
Carlos Sainz and why he didn’t win at Monza
After taking his second place at Monza in 2020, which was his best Formula 1 result to date, Sainz showed his “disappointment”For not having achieved victory. And it is that, according to the Spanish, McLaren It was the fastest car that day after the Mercedes. “Victory for the red flag has eluded us”, He lamented Carlos Sainz.
In his fight with Pierre Gasly, who was the one who took the victory in Monza, the Frenchman benefited by being the first to enter the pits. With no options he chose to mount the hard tire, but the output of the safety car and the accident of Magnussen then they put him in a position to fight for the win.
Precisely the safety car was the one that ruined the advantage that Carlos Sainz had reaped until then. Although the Madrilenian was favored by the sanction to Hamilton and Giovinazzi For entering the pit lane when it was closed, his stop relegated Stroll and Gasly to the top positions.
Carlos Sainz’s comeback was further complicated by the red flag caused by the Leclerc accident. Pierre Gasly He was able to fit new medium tires while the Spaniard had to settle for used medium tires, which are more difficult to warm up.
Carlos Sainz He then opted for aggressive driving to catch up with the AlphaTauri rider despite the fact that his tires were not going to be fresh at the end of the race. Precisely for that reason, and to ensure the podium, in McLaren They asked him to keep the tires, although the Madrilenian replied to his engineer: “I want victory, Tom.”
He also played against Carlos Sainz the ban on qualifying engine maps that was premiered at the Italian Grand Prix and made overtaking more difficult at Monza. “Maybe I couldn’t get past Gasly, because I didn’t have that map that compensates a bit for the dirty air generated by the car in front”, He admitted. “Sometimes we use that qualifying map that gives us 2 or 3 tenths per lap, which are practically what I have lacked to win this race”Added the Spanish. In the end Carlos Sainz crossed the finish line regretting that the Italian Grand Prix had 53 laps and not 54. “Just one more lap …”He said on the radio.