Carlos Sainz says he was the fastest man on the track; Ferrari drivers are disappointed after the Canadian Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc were left wondering what might happen after the Canadian Grand Prix, finishing second and fifth respectively; next for F1 is the British Grand Prix with all live sessions 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 while pushing Max Verstappen all the way to the finish line

Carlos Sainz says he left “nothing on the table” at the end of the Canadian GP while pushing Max Verstappen all the way to the finish line

Carlos Sainz reduced the disappointed figure after Max Verstappen withheld Ferrari driver’s fees to deny him his first Formula One victory.

The Spaniard finished third for the Canadian Grand Prix and was at the forefront of the race in Montreal, even leading at one point and battling the Red Bull Driver Verstappen to win the final 15 laps after a month-long safety car.

But no matter how hard he tried, Sainz failed to get close enough to the reigning world champion to try to overtake in the final stages and felt that his second place did not 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

“I was faster this weekend,” Sainz said. “This weekend, for the first time in the championship, I was the fastest person on the track, both medium and hard – I caught Max in both cases.

“I felt comfortable with the car, I was close to the walls with confidence and I felt comfortable outside. It is a pity that I did not win the first victory.

“I can tell you that I left everything there, I wanted my first victory as much as you did, for even more, so you can imagine how much I insisted.

Sainz felt he had the speed of the race to keep Verstappen if he could keep the lead without the safety car that was taken out when Mick Schumacher’s car suffered mechanical damage and saw Ferrari’s husband dive into the pits.

Carlos Sainz overtook Fernando Alonso and climbed to second place

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Carlos Sainz overtook Fernando Alonso and climbed to second place

Carlos Sainz overtook Fernando Alonso and climbed to second place

Going beyond Verstappen, he managed to stay within the DRS’s reach for the final stages, but even that did not reduce the gap enough.

“Overtaking outside was not easy with a backwind down the main line, there was very little slippage, very little DRS effect and it was very difficult to install any overtaking Red Bull,” Sainz said. “I have been close several times and I know I gave my best.

“Without the safety car, I could have hooked her there. I think I was pretty fast and Max caught me, but not with a pass that would have easily passed me at the end of the race.”

His teammate Charles Leclerc eventually finished fifth after starting at the back of the grid due to a penalty that led him to start on the hard tire and execute the one-stop strategy.

Charles Leclerc was disappointed with his race, despite a brilliant recovery to finish fifth at the Canadian Grand Prix

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Charles Leclerc was disappointed with his race, despite a brilliant recovery to finish fifth at the Canadian Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc was disappointed with his race, despite a brilliant recovery to finish fifth at the Canadian Grand Prix

Before standing up, he found himself stuck behind Esteban Ocon’s climber after making his way to the points, and when he finally entered his stop on lap 42, the former championship leader reappeared in 12th place.

The period of the safety car allowed Leclerc to approach and cross the field, but although he was ultimately pleased with the result, the former championship leader still reduced his disappointed figure after the race.

“The last part was good, but the first part I was stuck on a DRS train and there was nothing I could do,” Leclerc said.

“The ending was a lot of fun; I had to be a little more aggressive to score at least a few points and we ended up fifth, which is the best thing considering everything that happened today.

“I felt that Carlos was strong today, so it shows that he would be close.

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