‘They have made it clear to us drivers that the heart of F1 is still in Europe’

Carlos Sainz has been the protagonist this Tuesday of a telematic act of its sponsor Estrella Galicia 0,0 with the Spanish press in the big week of its Grand Prix of Spain in the circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. He has reviewed his first Grands Prix as a Ferrarista and the strategy they used in the recent race in Portimao still hurts him and it cost him a good result. This weekend in Montmeló he wants to maintain his impeccable statistics at the Circuitcat. Since he made his debut in the F-1, he has always scored points, the circuit where he has scored the best results of all the ones he has stepped on.

The question about the possibility that he is facing one of his last GP at home was forced. The trend of the F-1 is increasingly to leave Europe for emerging markets and Asian luxury and the Spanish GP right now is not guaranteed its continuity in 2022. And the news that comes from other payments is not at all flattering as that rumor that the entrance of Miami would be at the expense of Barcelona.

“I think you have to separate things, you have to separate the GP at home and what is the intention of F1 to compete abroad. F1 has made it clear to us drivers that the heart of F1 is still in Europe, it is still on the old school circuits, in places like Spa, Barcelona, ​​Silverstone. They have made it very clear to us that you want to continue being there. The reasons why the Spanish GP cannot reach a particular agreement with F1 to remain part of the calendar are separate issues. It is clear to me, and the bosses have made it clear to me, that the heart of F1 is in Europe and a large part of the races will continue to be in Europe ”, he explained to Mundo Deportivo.

The particular reasons why the Spanish GP cannot reach a particular agreement with F1 to continue being part of the calendar are separate issues “

PORTUGAL CONCLUSIONS

“They are things of the races, and when there are 23 it will happen more times and the sooner we go through these experiences and tough races, the sooner I will be able to learn from it and understand well how to work better so that it does not happen again. We tried many strategies and it seemed logical to me and to use the medium, nobody knew about the hard, and in the past everything looks easier. All this will make me stronger ”.

“We are analyzing why that medium tire did not work, our car understeer a lot with it, more than Norris and make no mistake, doing those three strong laps of mine also helped, of course”

IF YOU CAN GET TO THE PODIUM EARLY

“I honestly don’t know when the victories will come. I believe that the team this year has shown that it has taken a very important step forward, which is that we have returned to the right path and path. Now we need a little time and maybe that 2022 rule change to get that chance again. This year, if a podium falls and we can fight for a podium, then we will fight as we have always fought ”

IF THE ADAPTATION TO FERRARI ALLOWS YOU TO ALREADY BE DARE

“The only lap that I have not taken risks is the first in Bahrain, in Imola I took them in the comeback and at a very good pace in the rain, in qualifying in Portimao I took them as well and at the start. Perhaps I did not have the best highlight after the safety car, to see if I learn well how to handle the car, batteries, etc, but to give one hundred percent as a Ferrari driver there is still something left. Knowing how to do the degree and the perfect strategy I still need a little integration, it is part of learning, there are still 20 left, I am meeting deadlines, there is a constant progression “

I do not know the tricks of Ferrari and the style of Ferrari very well, perhaps I am doing extra hours in telemetry and data analysis with my engineers and little by little I want to understand how to extract the maximum potential of the car “

IF YOU CAN GO OUT REGULARLY IN FRONT OF THE LECLERC ON GRILL

“As you can imagine, I analyze a lot of data and the drivers of today, to put it colloquially, we break a bit of the coconut, trying to see what are the different driving styles and the tricks that each one has to go so fast. to a turn. I do not know the tricks of Ferrari and the style of Ferrari very well, perhaps I am doing extra hours in telemetry and data analysis with my engineers and little by little I want to understand how to extract the maximum potential of the car “

“That I have improved Charles at Portimao does not mean that I will do it in all races from now on. I think that I am still a little step behind with respect to the place where I would like to be and where I want to be, but it is a good sign, it is also the result of work and we have to keep moving forward. As for Charles, I think words are unnecessary, you have all seen how fast he is. It will be very difficult to get ahead of him in any race and on any circuit and we will have to keep trying to improve “

KEEP YOUR PERFECT BARCELONA STATISTICS

“We already know what I like about the home GP and how much Barcelona has always given me well, it is one of the circuits where I have achieved the most points in F1 and the objective is to continue maintaining good statistics and good marks. There are changes in the circuit such as turn 10 that can change everything we have seen in the past, on Friday we will have to make new conclusions, analyze well the data in what the circuit has changed and in what the degradation has been able to change and From there, see what kind of race awaits us, I still would not rule out a race more than one stop, with some overtaking as we have seen in previous years. These last two years there have been more overtaking. It can be an interesting grand prize that we can all enjoy both from home and on the circuit “

WHAT MUST YOU DO TO WIN HAMILTON?

“The truth is that I was surprised by the ease with which he passed Verstappen and Bottas, to overtake in F1 like he did you have to go much faster or do something special, so I think he is at a very, very high level for him. the Mercedes, which is not faster than the Red Bull now, do the races that it is doing. The ability he has to go so fast in the race is surprising, my admiration and respect ”

Hamilton is at a very, very high level with the Mercedes, which is no faster than the Red Bull now. The ability he has to go so fast in the race is surprising, my admiration and respect ”

THE RIDER WHO HAS SURPRISED YOU THE MOST

“I have not thought about it, I do not analyze so much, but if someone is doing particularly well now it is Hamilton with the Mercedes”

THE RACES TO THE SPRINT

“I don’t know if they will benefit me, I want to think that I usually go forward. I like that there are three more races, I am better in the race even if they are short. It will be a lot of the start and first laps and a high race pace without saving tires, I feel like it, it is a curious experiment and we will see how it works “

THE BENEFITS OF STOPPED DEVELOPMENT

“If there is a year in which everything is going to be stable, it is this year, the teams cannot make big leaps in performance because the change in 2022 is so great you have to put 90% of the effort into that change. Even so, you can take small steps forward, like the one Alpine did, it seemed that in the first two Grands Prix they were far away and suddenly in Portimao he had the best rhythm in the middle zone, it can be improved and you cannot relax because in they quickly overtake you. There will not be many changes, yes “