Sep 6, 2020

Carlos Sainz, very close to the victory in the Italian GP: "We must be proud"

Monza, Sunday 6th September 2020
- Race, P2, 53 laps

  • Carlos Sainz scored a fantastic P2 finish in the Italian GP, his best result to date as a Formula 1 driver.
  • Carlos moved up to second at the start and was the virtual leader of the race until the red flag was waved on Lap 28, when other rivals changed tyres without losing any time at all.
  • In the second half of the race, the McLaren driver closed a 4-second gap to the AlphaTauri and fought for the victory up until the very last corner, crossing the finish line 415 thousandths of a second after him.

"What an incredible race. I am immensely proud of this P2, but at the same time I am a bit disappointed. I did not think that today I would have a shot at the victory. We were comfortable running in second place right behind Hamilton. When the red flag came, we were the leading car with a pit-stop. In the restart we moved forward from P6 to P2 and we chased Pierre [Gasly], finishing just four tenths behind him. We were very, very close to the victory, but I still think that in a normal race we would have finished P2 right behind Lewis [Hamilton], because we both had a very good pace. Therefore, I am satisfied that this result is what we deserved today".

"We were unfortunate with the Safety-Car and the red flag, but we recovered very well. I am very really with the car and I want to congratulate everyone because they did a fantastic job. We were fast throughout the weekend and today we dominated the midfield quite easily, so I am happy even if it is a little bit bittersweet. We must celebrate what we have accomplished".

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