Sakhir, Sunday 6th December 2020
- Race: P4, 87 laps
- Carlos Sainz finished fourth in the Sakhir GP, where he ran in third place for most of the race after gaining five places at the start with his courageous driving.
- The strategy was the decisive factor of the race, with a virtual safety-car ultimately triggering a second pit-stop for Carlos.
- After this stop, he fell behind other cars that sticked to a one-stop strategy.
"Argh! This is a very bitter fourth place. The podium was very very close the whole way but unfortunately we couldn’t make it happen. The start was obviously eventful and I managed to squeeze into P3. That first stint on the soft was super strong and, looking back, maybe we should’ve tried to extend it. It was a close call between strategies and we went for the two stops. After the last Safety Car, the Merc stuck behind Stroll was not very helpful and I think I lost one lap too many. I managed to get pass him and hunt down Stroll to the end, missing the podium by a small margin. I drove my heart out there today and did everything I could to get it. It’s frustrating, but at the same time we’ve been beaten by cars that were a bit luckier today and also a bit faster the whole weekend. So, we cannot be too disappointed and we need to keep pushing until the last chequered flag. Congratulations to Checo on his first win, I think he deserves it. On to Abu Dhabi!”.
Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina – 11th-13th December 2020