“It’s a Pity”: Carlos Sainz Lashes Out at Fred Vasseur & Co. For Unforgivable Error

Published 09/27/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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Oh, the highs and lows of F1 racing! Just when Carlos Sainz was basking in the euphoria of his majestic win in Singapore, the universe, or rather Frederic Vasseur and his crew, unwillingly got a reality check at the Japanese GP. Starting sixth on the grid, Sainz, with the skill of a masterful artist, wanted to weave through the racetrack with grit and determination. Although, all he could manage was finish where he started, halting his hot streak of form from the past two races.

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Still, Carlos had some electrifying moments at Suzuka one of which where he overtook Checo Perez with the finesse of a seasoned maestro. The Spaniard’s duel with his role model Fernando Alonso was nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece; two titans clashing wheel-to-wheel through the exit of the Hairpin to Spoon corner, with Sainz’s Ferrari proving yet again its awe-inspiring pace, coming out on top.

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However, every symphony has its off notes, and for Sainz, it came during the last pit stop. Imagine leading the car behind by four seconds, only to emerge eight seconds behind! “We had better pace than the Mercedes today, but it’s a pity we were undercut when actually before the last stop I think I was four seconds in front and I came out eight seconds behind,” a visibly frustrated Sainz vented at his team’s strategic call post-race.

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“But, yes, we were fast throughout the race with good degradation, I was, after yesterday’s problems, much more comfortable with the car, attacking well, saving the tire well. So, in general, I’m happy,” he added.

The Ferrari powerhouse was a blend of speed and precision, yet an ill-timed pit-stop strategy cast a gloomy shadow over what could have been another podium finish. Yet, in the midst of the heartache and the “what could have beens,” Sainz’s spirit remains unbroken. His performance before the pit stop error was nothing short of breathtaking.

As the F1 circus leaves the land of the rising sun, one can’t help but wonder – what’s next for Sainz and his prancing horse? Will Fred Vasseur & Co. return to the drawing board, strategizing to prevent another Suzuka heartbreak? As the curtains fall on one act of this mesmerizing play, another is set to be unveiled in the sprawling arenas of Qatar, Austin, & Mexico. It could be poised to resurrect the timeless duel between the prancing horse and the resilient McLaren.

Ferrari Eyes a Fiery Comeback Against McLaren, Sainz Confident

The tempo is intensifying at the pinnacle of motorsport, and it seems like the storied rivalry between Ferrari and McLaren is gearing up for another spectacular showdown. After a spirited performance by McLaren at Suzuka, Carlos Sainz is rolling up his sleeves and is all buckled up to prove that Ferrari is not just playing catch-up.

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McLaren’s dazzling pace at the Japanese Grand Prix had motorsport enthusiasts on the edge of their seats. Sainz, however, wearing the iconic red, is not one to be easily daunted. Finishing sixth and over 13 seconds behind McLaren, the Spaniard’s competitive fire is burning bright and hopeful. “When we go to places like Mexico, even Austin, with more low-speed content, we will be very equal to them – we will have a race with McLaren,” declared an upbeat Sainz (as per RaceFans).

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The Ferrari star acknowledges the threat posed by McLaren but is optimistic about the upcoming high-speed circuits. Sainz predicts that his former team will be scrapping for those coveted podium positions. There’s a particular kind of magic that sparks in the air when these two legendary teams lock horns, and according to Sainz, we are in for a treat.

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Will Ferrari gallop ahead, or will McLaren continue their impressive stride? Fasten your seatbelts, folks – the red vs. papaya saga continues, a dance of speed that’s as poetic as it is intense. Stay tuned!

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Pulkit Jai

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Pulkit is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. With a strong academic background in engineering, he possesses an in-depth understanding of the intricate mechanics and technology driving Formula 1 racing. This expertise allows him to offer insightful analysis, exploring the technical aspects of the sport and shedding light on the innovative advancements that shape the world of F1.
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