In the round-up: Carlos Sainz Jnr praised the efforts of Ferrari’s strategists in the Canadian Grand Prix.
Ferrari made “right call” on strategy
Sainz started Sunday’s race 11th, one place behind team mate Charles Leclerc, both on the medium tyre compound. The pair finished in the same order in fourth and fifth places after Ferrari opted not to pit during an early Safety Car period.
“We definitely did a very good strategy,” said Sainz. “Staying out with both cars was the right call.”
While most drivers made two pit stops Ferrari gained ground by sticking to a single stop for each of their cars. “The medium was very strong on our car this weekend since Friday and I could maximise the stint on the medium and I felt good on it,” said Sainz.
“We trusted the medium because of FP2 and we committed to it and felt like we’d go long, no problem. It was a nice tyre. The hard, like always in our car, the harder tyres are a bit trickier.”
“The update that was on the car this weekend was enormous by standards in Formula 1 and it was the culmination of huge and significant teamwork back in Grove, of hundreds of people really pulling together and working together to deliver the update we have here in the timeframe that we had available to us.
“It’s paid off. Without that upgrade I’m confident that we wouldn’t have the points on the table today and that is really a testament to the dedication the team has to this year’s championship and our future championships.”
Penske struggling on smooth tracks – Newgarden
The new surface at Road America did not suit Penske said Josef Newgarden, who rose from fourth on the grid to finish second in Sunday’s race.
“I’m biased, I’m an old surface fan anywhere we go,” he admitted. “I don’t like new pavement at any track. But it is a different challenge than what you get on an old surface.
“I think as a team we’re not excelling on smooth surfaces, particularly something like this. It’s in our control to make it better. As a team, we’ve got to figure out a better formula for our cars with this type of track.
“This weekend just cemented that for us. We already felt that way at previous tracks. Running through this weekend, the test last week, we definitely confirmed that we have a weakness on these type of surfaces. We knew that going in.
“We knew it was going to be new. I love Road America. I still love it just as much as I loved it in the past.”
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‘The idea is when the track is hot, when there’s racing, that’ll be the bridge that allows emergency vehicles and other vehicles to cross over the track so that they can service the 23,000 rooms we have inside the track.’
“Favourite racing memory? ‘I’d have to say La Conca, 2018 with my dad. It was a shifter class race, WSK Super Master Series. I went with my dad to that race, we were coming from pretty good results in the races before that event and when I went to that event, in the beginning, it was going terrible. It’s a really nice place, you feel like you’re near Bari, that part of Italy. You think you’re at some resort, not some kind of track. At the beginning it was super, super tough, then we changed kart and then I went a second and a half quicker after changing the chassis. I was zero to hero, going through that with my dad was a huge confidence boost.'”
‘For sure, this is a really good weekend, we are really happy to bounce back like this after the Barcelona round. In the end was just a perfect weekend. We were a bit lucky yesterday, I would say, with the technical issue of Kimi (Antonelli), but today we had good start, and a good management of the race… it was a really good race.’