Former F1 Champion Reveals the One Way Carlos Sainz Could’ve Defeated Max Verstappen at Montreal

Published 06/21/2022, 8:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada – June 18, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen talks with third placed Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. fans after finishing in pole position after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Jim Watson

The battle between Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen in Canada was one to remember. The race changed its course with 14 laps to go when Yuki Tsunoda crashed into the barriers. Ferrari and Sainz, who were leading the race, used this to their advantage and pitted.

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Ultimately, he joined in behind Verstappen for an intense race right to the end. Lap after lap, the Spaniard used DRS to close in on the Verstappen, but in vain. The Dutchman also had some advantage as he retained his position with RB-18’s impressive traction on the straights and the corners.

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Ferrari usually has the upper hand in terms of traction in the corners, but despite Sainz’s best efforts, Verstappen ultimately defended him valiantly. Speaking on the 27-year-old’s failed attempt to overtake the reigning champion, former F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve revealed what Sainz could have done differently.

 

When asked what Sainz could have done, the former world champion replied, “Not much, very little he could do. Probably he could do is dive-bomb into the hair-pin because he’s staying behind Max into the hairpin not being able to go around the corner means he would never be close enough.”

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This was arguably the Ferrari driver’s best race in 2022. He has struggled to build on results this year. However, a 2nd place finish in Canada will propel his confidence, without a doubt.

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Although Sainz hasn’t won a race, his battle with the championship leader will impress the Ferrari faithful. Previously, his errors have been costly for both the team and his title aspirations. However, he will look to build on this result.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 12, 2022 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. being interviewed after retiring from the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

After the Grand Prix, he revealed his satisfaction and is optimistic about his potential to win races as the season progresses. He stated, “Yeah, I’m particularly happy with the race pace with the way we managed to put pressure on Max during the whole race and you know, the timing of the pit stops I think was right.”

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“Honestly, we tried everything and we were very, very close to winning today. So I will take the positives and yeah, keep trying in the next one.”

Ferrari have matched Red Bull in terms of pace after their upgrades in Spain. And they will look to resolve their reliability issues to compete with the Milton-Keynes outfit. At the same time, can Sainz compete with the top 3 and propel Ferrari to win the championship? Let us know in the comments.

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Rahul Madhavan

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Rahul Madhavan is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor's degree in business administration, he is pursuing his love for sports in the form of writing. Rahul is an avid McLaren fan, who also enjoys writing about soccer.

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