Carlos Sainz felt his fightback within the Imola dash was simpler than he had anticipated due to the brand new era of automobiles.
The Ferrari driver had crashed out of qualifying on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, leaving him to begin the primary dash of 2022 from P10 and in want of a stable restoration drive to rescue his race weekend.
And that’s precisely what he did, recovering to P4 by the top of the 21-lap dash, shifting again as much as P2 within the Drivers’ Championship forward of George Russell and securing P4 on the grid for the grand prix.
This was the primary dash to happen since System 1 overhauled the rules for 2022, designed to make following simpler.
And that, Sainz believes, allowed him to make up extra locations than he would have anticipated to have executed so within the earlier automobiles.
“It was perhaps even a bit simpler than I assumed,” he instructed Sky Italia.
“These automobiles perhaps assist doing these overtakes, to inform the reality, as a result of with final yr’s automobiles it will have been tougher, however with these automobiles you possibly can comply with extra simply.
“I used to be comfy with the automotive. In FP2 I realized what I needed to do to drive higher. It’s been a very good dash race, however I nonetheless lack one thing.”
Nonetheless, Sainz did one of the best job he might by ending P4, which implies he’s within the combine within the Ferrari-Purple Bull scrap on the high.
“Right now we couldn’t do greater than this,” he admitted.
“Ending P4 places me within the struggle for tomorrow, the place we wish to be. Tomorrow all the pieces can occur – it was a pleasant comeback.
“Tomorrow we can be two in opposition to two with Purple Bull, that’s the necessary factor.”
Sainz’s team-mate Charles Leclerc snatched the lead from Max Verstappen at the beginning of the dash and regarded comfy for a lot of it.
However within the closing phases, Leclerc’s tyres started to drop off, permitting Verstappen to shut in and overtake, thus taking P1 and placing himself on the entrance of the grid for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Sainz, although, says Ferrari have an thought to try to negate the benefit Purple Bull had with tyre degradation.
“We noticed within the dry Purple Bull are a bit quicker this weekend, they’ve much less tyre degradation and this makes them go quicker within the second half of the stints,” Sainz defined.
“However we’ll attempt one thing for tomorrow. We are going to repair the automotive to see if we are able to struggle them.
“We learnt a very powerful factor, that we now have extra entrance graining than Purple Bull, and if we wish to struggle them tomorrow we now have to repair this if we wish to win.”
Extra reporting by Luca Brambilla