Carlos Sainz finished ninth in the Styrian GP because of a bad pit stop. The Spanish changed the tires with a few laps to go and crossed the finish line in ninth position, setting the fastest lap of the race and the record for the Spielberg circuit. That was not enough for the Madrid driver to leave with a good taste in his mouth, since the pit stop cost him a race in which he started third.
« There was the key to the race. After such a bad pit stop, which I think was eight seconds, I had to leave in traffic; When leaving in traffic, I had to use the tire to overtake all the cars. I have destroyed the tire and the race has been very long for me »Sainz assured Movistar F1 after the Styrian GP.
In this sense, the Madrilenian explained that the wear of the tires has prevented him from improving positions in the final stretch of the event. « It’s not that there was a lack of rhythm, it’s just that the tire was heavily used from the first ten laps after the pit stop, trying to hold the Racing Point, who were in another league today. In the end, when we stopped to put another tire, we made a fast lap, but it was worth little, because the key was in that pit stop and in those ten laps after the pit spot, « he stressed.
For this reason, having marked the fastest lap of the race at the end after changing to a soft tire “is the least of it”. «The fast lap is because we were already in no man’s land. What is clear is that That pit stop has cost us that fifth place that could have been achieved today with a normal race. It was a shame, « he concluded.