Carlos Sainz Confesses to Wanting to Help Fernando Alonso Against Lewis Hamilton in Hungary

Published 08/04/2021, 11:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix REUTERS/Florion Goga


During the closing stages of the race at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz was fighting for the last position on the podium. The Spaniard was ahead of his fellow compatriot, Fernando Alonso, and Lewis Hamilton.

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After the race, Carlos Sainz revealed he considered helping his compatriot with DRS to give the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton a hard time in the final stages at Budapest.

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What did Carlos Sainz say?

As quoted by MotorsportWeek, when asked if he was thinking to provide Fernando Alonso with the DRS, Carlos Sainz said: “Yes, of course, I did consider it. Obviously, we are racers, and we are considering every kind of scenario to stay ahead.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

“What you guys probably don’t know is that I was having to do a lot of fuel-saving. I was also quite weak in the last corner because I was struggling a bit with the tires towards the end.”

Sainz explains the strategy he opted for at the end of the Hungarian GP

When Carlos Sainz was running at P3, the Spaniard decided not to help his fellow compatriot. He started to pull away from Alonso to create some distance between him and Lewis Hamilton once the latter goes past the two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso.

“We will never know if I took the right choice, but thinking about it at the time, my feeling was to play safe and tried to pull away from Fernando to make sure that I tried to do all the fuel-saving and Lewis would take more -time to catch me,” said Carlos Sainz.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga.

However, Lewis Hamilton only took a few laps to overtake the Ferrari man. Eventually, the Spaniard finished the race just one place behind the podium positions. Although Carlos Sainz later inherited the P3 position from Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel after the latter was disqualified from the race.

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The four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, secured P2 but was later disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix. Vettel failed to ensure a minimum of 1-liter fuel in his Aston Martin AMR21 at the end of the race. As a result, the stewards eliminated Vettel from the race as they could only extract 0.3 liters of fuel.

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Carlos Sainz secured his second podium of the year for his new team. The Spaniard currently sits at P6 in the driver’s championship, three points ahead of his teammate, Charles Leclerc.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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