Sunday, 2 May 2021
- Race: P11, 66 laps
- Carlos Sainz had a difficult race in the Portuguese GP, where he struggled with the strategy. He suffered with the tyres on the second half of the race.
- Fifth on the grid, the Ferrari driver moved up to fourth in the start passing Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez. He was on soft tyres for the first stint.
- The Safety-Car did its one and only appearance on Lap 2 following the retirement of Kimi Räikkönen. Carlos fell back two places at the restart.
- On Lap 22, the Spaniard did an early pit-stop to put medium tyres and try to undercut Lando Norris for the fifth place, but it didn’t work out.
- The medium tyre left him in a weaker position than his rivals, who were able to recover ground thanks to the lower degradation of their hard tyres.
"Today we didn’t have a good day. Even though I got a good start, the race was very tough after the first stop. During the first stint I was feeling very good on the soft tyre behind Lando, we tried the undercut by stopping quite early onto the medium and it didn’t work. From there, it was a big struggle to make it to the end with that compound due to the graining. I’m disappointed as I feel we had a good opportunity to score good points today. We will analyse the race, learn from the strategy, from the tyres and from the car behaviour. We need to keep improving race by race. On to Spain".
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spanish GP – 7-9 May 2021