McLaren: Safety car hurt "on the hunt” Sainz

McLaren Formula 1 boss Andreas Seidl says the late safety car period in the Sakhir GP robbed Carlos Sainz of a shot at a podium finish.

McLaren: Safety car hurt "on the hunt” Sainz
Listen to this article

Seidl says the Spaniard was "on the hunt" on fresh tyres and was not able to use the potential of the car over the last part of the race.

Sainz was the best-placed finisher to run a traditional two-stop strategy.

Race winner Sergio Perez had an unplanned first lap stop and thereafter pitted only once, while the other top three finishers, Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll, also made it home with just one stop.

Sainz took fresh medium tyres under a VSC on lap 55, but the subsequent safety car after Jack Aitken's crash helped those who had stayed on older rubber, and were on long stints to the flag.

"Obviously, how the race played out, it worked out for Esteban and Lance," said Seidl.

"But I think they probably benefited also from the way the safety car came in, because this is where Carlos was on the hunt with the last set of tyres.

"So I think it's difficult to judge. We still need to analyse, if that would have made a difference in a normal race."

Read Also:

Seidl doubted that Sainz could have done anything about eventual winner Perez.

"In the end, I think we have to clearly say congratulations to Checo, he was just flying. I think he has shown what this car together with him can do. And that's something we simply cannot compete with at the moment.

"I think our race was in the end with Ocon and Lance. As I said before, I guess with the timing of the safety cars and so on, we were only a bit unlucky to fight these two cars, I would say.

"Carlos did a great job, and together with the team, and I think we maximised everything we had in our hands, keeping Daniel [Ricciardo] and [Alex] Albon behind us."

Nevertheless Seidl said the team did not regret its chosen strategy: "I would say going into this race, we clearly expected a two-stop race. Then we could see that tyre degradation definitely was lower than expected.

"But in the end we still saw that it was overall the better strategy in terms of race time to go for the two stops still, even live during the race.

"And again, I think it would have been quite close to Esteban and Lance with their one-stop races if the race would have finished without the safety car. Because as I said before Carlos was on the hunt, getting closer to them.

"But at the same time, we clearly have to acknowledge that against Checo there was nothing we could do, he was simply on a different level in terms of pace."

From a back-of-the-grid start, Sainz's teammate Lando Norris could not improve on the 10th place he reached on lap one on a day when big points were available.

"On Lando's we still need to analyse why where I think after a good first lap, when he was in P10, he simply couldn't go the same pace as Carlos did," said Seidl. "So we're still investigating what the reason for that was.

"In the end, obviously disappointing for us, especially with our main competitors being able to score that many points.

"Unfortunately, we were missing the usual suspects on the podium, because that would have helped us a lot today. But that's the way it goes sometimes. We simply need to put this behind us now."

shares
comments

Related video

Ricciardo: We shouldn't have let Perez win Sakhir GP
Previous article

Ricciardo: We shouldn't have let Perez win Sakhir GP

Next article

Why indecision dogged teams in attacking the Sakhir GP

Why indecision dogged teams in attacking the Sakhir GP
How Red Bull's dynamic leader Mateschitz shaped its F1 philosophy Prime

How Red Bull's dynamic leader Mateschitz shaped its F1 philosophy

The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom? Prime

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom?

OPINION: Teams that have dominated for long periods throughout Formula 1's history often take years to get back to the top of the tree once they've slipped down. But it remains to be seen whether the same will happen to Mercedes after a challenging 2022 season

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2022
What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi Prime

What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi

Arguably the favourite in the battle to finish second-best in 2022's Formula 1 standings, Sergio Perez's two-stop strategy at Abu Dhabi couldn't take him ahead of Charles Leclerc when the music stopped - and several key factors ultimately precluded him from the much-coveted runner-up spot.

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2022
The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success Prime

The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success

OPINION: Charles Leclerc achieved his target of sealing runner-up in the 2022 world championship with a masterful drive behind Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. And that race contained key elements that may help him, and Ferrari, go one better in Formula 1 2023

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022
2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Driver Ratings Prime

2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2022 Formula 1 season came to a close at the Yas Marina Circuit, where the battle for second in the standings was decided, the wins in a season record extended and a retiring four-time world champion bowed out on a high. Here's how we rated the drivers

Formula 1
Nov 21, 2022
The factors that stopped Perez catching Leclerc in Verstappen's Abu Dhabi triumph Prime

The factors that stopped Perez catching Leclerc in Verstappen's Abu Dhabi triumph

Max Verstappen ended the 2022 Formula 1 season in fitting fashion with a dominant drive to victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. But behind him, early season rival Charles Leclerc achieved his target of securing the runner-up spot with a well-executed a one-stop strategy to beat Sergio Perez, whose pursuit on a two-stop strategy was hampered by several critical factors

Formula 1
Nov 21, 2022
Why the impact of FIA’s anti-bouncing metric is hard to judge Prime

Why the impact of FIA’s anti-bouncing metric is hard to judge

Faced with drivers complaining about the long-term health effects of car ‘bouncing’, the FIA stepped in to deal with it. JAKE BOXALL-LEGGE explains how the so-called ‘Aerodynamic Oscillation Metric’ works, and asks if it is fit for purpose?

Formula 1
Nov 20, 2022
Where Vettel stands in the list of the greatest F1 drivers Prime

Where Vettel stands in the list of the greatest F1 drivers

As Sebastian Vettel’s Formula 1 career draws to a close, figuring out where he fits into the greatest of all time order is a tough and subjective call. With the aid of statistics, attributes and history, here’s how the four-time world champion stacks up in the debate

Formula 1
Nov 19, 2022