Following the use of its strategies to provide Charles Leclerc the pole position for the French Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz claims that criticism of Ferrari's F1 strategy decisions has been unfair.

Following the use of its strategies to provide Charles Leclerc the pole position for the French Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz claims that criticism of Ferrari's F1 strategy decisions has been unfair.

Following the use of its strategies to provide Charles Leclerc the pole position for the French Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz claims that criticism of Ferrari's F1 strategy decisions has been unfair.



In recent races, Ferrari has faced criticism for making strategic decisions that have lost it significant victories, like as the choice to leave Leclerc's worn tires on during the final safety car period of the British Grand Prix and the pit mistake that cost him the Monaco race.


However, Ferrari carried out a pre-weekend plan at Paul Ricard on Saturday to have Sainz tether Leclerc in his slipstream in Q3 to counteract Red Bull's top speed advantage over the Scuderia along the back straight.


Leclerc, who acknowledges Ferrari made a mistake on the first Q3 lap, beat Max Verstappen to the pole by 0.304 seconds, proving that everything went according to plan.


Due to a change in power unit components, Sainz will start from the rear of the grid. He claims Ferrari's qualifying strategy demonstrated how "solid" the team is tactically.


Sainz remarked, "I think we've had quite a bit of criticism on the strategic front. "And I believe it's a little unfair because this season, mistakes will be made with tyres, tyre selection, and everything else.


"But I believe this squad has been really strong this year in terms of strategy, and I believe today is evidence of that. Additionally, I believe that our relationship with Charles and how the team functions further demonstrate how well both of us and the team work.


At Paul Ricard, Ferrari made the decision to accept its grid penalty because Sainz should still have possibilities for mounting a strong comeback through the pack.


When asked what standard would be appropriate for the race, Sainz answered: "I don't have a reference, and given that we still have half the season to go along with how well I'm doing on the track right now and how quickly I was in Q2, Austria, and Silverstone, I don't think it's even worth thinking about.


"I'll keep considering what I've been considering lately, which is to catch up to last year's level. I believe today shows that I'm getting there, and I will unquestionably try until the team says [otherwise].


However, given the remaining half of the season and everything that has transpired thus far, there are still [options] for me.


At Paul Ricard, Ferrari made the decision to accept its grid penalty because Sainz should still have possibilities for mounting a strong comeback through the pack.


When asked what standard would be appropriate for the race, Sainz answered: "I don't have a reference, and given that we still have half the season to go along with how well I'm doing on the track right now and how quickly I was in Q2, Austria, and Silverstone, I don't think it's even worth thinking about.


"I'll keep considering what I've been considering lately, which is to catch up to last year's level. I believe today shows that I'm getting there, and I will unquestionably try until the team says [otherwise].


However, given the remaining half of the season and everything that has transpired thus far, there are still [options] for me.



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