LONDON (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz mentioned he was relieved and prepared for extra success after celebrating his first Formula One win at Silverstone.
The Spaniard lastly stood on prime of the rostrum after his a hundred and fiftieth begin, turning into Formula One’s 112th winner and the fortieth driver to triumph for the game’s oldest and most profitable crew.
Sainz, who additionally began Sunday’s race from pole place for the primary time, was solely his nation’s second driver to win a grand prix after double world champion Fernando Alonso.
“I believe a first win is at all times a little bit of a relief. I’m not going to lie,” he informed reporters. “Because there you may have it, you may have a win in Formula One.
“I’m going to hold combating for extra, you recognize, I’m going to hold enhancing myself with this automotive, and I’m going to try to make it occur.”
Sainz, 27, is already on his fourth crew after beginning out at Red Bull’s Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri), transferring to Renault (now Alpine), McLaren after which Ferrari.
The son of double world rally champion Carlos Sainz, he has by no means stopped believing.
“In Monaco, I might have received… in Canada it was tremendous shut,” he mentioned of two of three races the place he has completed second this season.
“It was about time that one thing simply occurred in a race which you can win.
“If there’s one thing this sport has taught me, it is hold believing.”
Sainz received on Sunday regardless of transferring over earlier for crew mate Charles Leclerc and in addition being overtaken by Red Bull’s championship chief Max Verstappen.
“I used to be destroying a lot my entrance tyre that it made complete sense for Charles to undergo and I let him by as quickly as the crew informed me to accomplish that. First order, I react. I’ve at all times been a crew participant,” he mentioned.
“I’ll at all times be a crew participant and particularly in Ferrari. I do know the crew is in entrance of and above my private pursuits.”
Verstappen’s problem light with a broken automotive and Leclerc’s race was undone by Ferrari’s technique, protecting him out on worn tyres whereas Sainz pitted throughout a security automotive interval for recent ones.
In the top, circumstances have been on Sainz’s facet. Told to raise and coast to save gasoline, the protection automotive interval allowed him to save sufficient to have the option to push till the top.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, enhancing by Clare Fallon)