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Sainz hits out at criticism of Ferrari strategy

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01/09/2022

Carlos Sainz has hit out at those who constantly criticise Ferrari's strategy, claiming that there is never positive coverage when the Italian team gets it right.

The Spaniard's comments come in the wake of the latest 'error' from the Maranello outfit, which opted to pit Charles Leclerc whilst running fifth last weekend in a bid to secure the fastest lap.

Unfortunately, the team released him in sixth place behind Fernando Alonso, thereby ending his hopes of securing the extra point for fastest lap, and though the Monegasque was to pass the Spaniard he was subsequently handed a time penalty for speeding in the pitlane, thus dropping him back to sixth.

It was the latest in a number of strategic blunders this year, all of which have been (outwardly) vigorously defended by the team's drivers and its boss.

"It's very difficult to generalise, saying we should have been more brave or more cautious," said Sainz at today's FIA press conference.

"You would need to pick one by one and analyse them independently," he continued. "I'm pretty sure one by one, every result or every conclusion will be different. Maybe we could have been a bit more gutsy here, we could have played a bit more safe here.

"For me, it's all about continuous improvement and continuous finding ways to make the right calls at the right time," he insisted. "There's been a lot of times during the year where we've done the right calls and no one has come to us to say; 'Oh you did the right call' or congratulate us for that.

"But on the other hand, when there's been two or three, let's say call them bad calls with hindsight, there's been massive criticism about it. I find that a bit tougher in Ferrari.

"I feel like when I was in McLaren or in Toro Rosso or in Renault, when there was a big mistake, no one would come and point it out and criticise you and put you down as much as they do in Ferrari."

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1. Posted by ancient70!, 02/09/2022 7:22

"I suppose it is acceptable to praise someone for doing a good job?? But I find in todays society its much easier to be negative, and join the “oh look stupid person/institution, how can they get it so badly wrong? “ club. Secure in the knowledge that the land locked helmsmen would do a much better job. I really wish there was a “have a go hero” button, which would propel the “expert” into the hot seat! That would be fun!"

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2. Posted by RobMartin, 02/09/2022 5:54

"Does anyone remember the last time Ferrari actually made a "good" strategic call that impacted on their race in an unexpectedly positive way?!"

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3. Posted by ClarkwasGod, 01/09/2022 17:45

"Why would you expect congratulations for doing your job? Well done to Sainz for sticking up for the team, but to expect plaudits for that is optimistic at best. "

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4. Posted by VC10-1103, 01/09/2022 15:45

""I feel like when I was in McLaren or in Toro Rosso or in Renault, when there was a big mistake, no one would come and point it out and criticise you and put you down as much as they do in Ferrari."

Maybe that is something to do with them not being championship contenders at the time."

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