Jul 28, 2019

Carlos Sainz shines under the rain to secure fifth place at the German GP

  • A smooth performance from Carlos and a good race strategy from the team took the Spaniard to fifth place, McLaren’s best result so far this season.
  • It was an uphill race after spinning off-track at Turn 16 due to aquaplaning, but he avoided the wall to embark himself in a comeback drive from the fourteenth place.
  • Halfway into the race, Carlos chose to stay on intermediate tyres against the common trend, helping him move up to take sixth place.
  • In the penultimate Safety-Car period he studied together with his team the possibility of pitting for slick tyres, which would have put him in podium contention, but they took the joint decision to avoid the risk in order to try and protect a fifth place that was very valuable for the Championship.

QUOTES:

"Today it was an intense day, a good day both for Formula One and for myself. P5! We did everything that we needed to do correctly. Today the podium was feasible, but we were running in fifth and the risk of pitting again was just too big. I asked for it, but we decided not to do it and I believe it was the right choice, because none of the leaders pitted. We managed the race well and we had the same pace than the Ferrari in mixed conditions. We can be happy with this performance".

"Maybe this is the most bittersweet P5 of my career, but we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that we were up there today. We fought head to head to the Ferrari and the Mercedes while the track was wet. I hope that good results will come in our way as we further develop the car. Our goal is to work to get to that day when the podium comes our way naturally because of our speed".

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