Sport Sainz ecstatic as tyre gamble pays off in China

18:35  09 april  2017
18:35  09 april  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Bottas rues missing out on front row start to Vettel

  Bottas rues missing out on front row start to Vettel Valtteri Bottas has rued the gap in qualifying to Sebastian Vettel as he was pipped to a front row place on the grid by just one thousandth of a second. Having lost out to Vettel in Australia by just 0.025s and now and an even smaller gap in Shanghai which equates to a measurement of just 5.9cm, however Bottas admits it’s a shame but expects to be just as close in the race. “Around one lap here, one-thousandth is not so much, It is a real shame he managed to between us. “So, yeah, that’s a shame – but the race is tomorrow, we are starting as a team first and third and it is a good place to start, weather can be anything, really, tomorrow. “Lewis was strong today and Ferrari was strong, we expected a close fight today on track and I think it will be the same case tomorrow.” While the loss of a front row start may be a shame for Bottas, he claims he is feeling more comfortable every time he gets in the W08 despite the big learning curve he is having to take on. “Definitely approaching this weekend compared to Melbourne, it was a different feeling,” Bottas added. “That one full race weekend, doing qualifying and race with a podium finish was a nice start. So I’m definitely more comfortable. “There is a big learning curve for me with everything and I feel better and better every single day and every single lap with the car.” Bottas will be looking to have a better performance in China this weekend, last year he managed fifth place on the grid in the Williams, but fell back and finished in tenth after losing out to Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz in the final laps of the race.

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Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz admits his slick- tyred start gamble in the Chinese Grand Prix “might have blown a big result”, before his “It paid off , and sometimes when you’re in the midfield it’s worth taking these risks.” Mercedes: Bottas needs to "analyse and forget" China mistake. Next article.

Carlos Sainz is ecstatic after a courageous decision paid off in a big way after being the only driver to start on slick tyres during today’s Chinese Grand Prix.

Many drivers experimented with different tyres as they headed to the grid as the track was still damp in some areas of the track but also very dry others but Sainz took the decision completely of his own accord despite his team’s differing advice.

“What a race, I just don’t have words to describe it!,” Sainz said.

“On the grid I said I wanted to start the race on slick tyres and everyone thought I was completely mad! It sounds like a funny moment now, but when everyone took the blankets off the tyres and my race engineer told me that we were the only ones the supersoft tyre I doubted my decision…

Sainz ecstatic as tyre gamble pays off in China

  Sainz ecstatic as tyre gamble pays off in China Carlos Sainz is ecstatic after a courageous decision paid off in a big way after being the only driver to start on slick tyres during today’s Chinese Grand Prix. Many drivers experimented with different tyres as they headed to the grid as the track was still damp in some areas of the track but also very dry others but Sainz took the decision completely of his own accord despite his team’s differing advice. “What a race, I just don’t have words to describe it!,” Sainz said. “On the grid I said I wanted to start the race on slick tyres and everyone thought I was completely mad! It sounds like a funny moment now, but when everyone took the blankets off the tyres and my race engineer told me that we were the only ones the supersoft tyre I doubted my decision… “When you’re on the grid, about to start a race, and you take a tough decision like today’s, there’s a lot of weight on your shoulders, knowing that you might have blown away a good result for the team… but I then said to myself, c’mon trust yourself, it’s the right thing to do!” Despite a spin early on, Sainz battled through the pack as the cars in front jumped into the pits to head onto the tyres themselves, thanks to an early safety car period the Spaniard was even catching the leaders due to wild gamble.

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“When you’re on the grid, about to start a race, and you take a tough decision like today’s, there’s a lot of weight on your shoulders, knowing that you might have blown away a good result for the team… but I then said to myself, c’mon trust yourself, it’s the right thing to do!”

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Despite a spin early on, Sainz battled through the pack as the cars in front jumped into the pits to head onto the tyres themselves, thanks to an early safety car period the Spaniard was even catching the leaders due to wild gamble.

“I knew the start and the first four corners were going to be very tricky and they certainly were, but from Turn 6 onwards the track was fully dry and I felt confident, the gamble definitely paid off!

Vettel remains fastest in Bahrain second practice

  Vettel remains fastest in Bahrain second practice Sebastian Vettel was once again fastest for Ferrari during second practice in Bahrain. Taking place under the lights, second practice would be a more representative session for qualifying and the race, with the temperatures falling from the 40 degree highs earlier in the day. Initially, everyone went out on the soft tyre which saw Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen lead the times from Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Lewis Hamilton made a mistake in Turn 4, aborting the first lap, compromising him a second attempt masking his true pace. As the first to put on the super-soft tyre, Vettel’s 1m31.3s benchmark remained for the rest of the session, although he was closely challenged by Mercedes’ Bottas and Red Bull’s Ricciardo. Both were less than a tenth of a second behind, with Red Bull also keeping pace on the long runs. Vettel didn’t have a completely trouble free session, the car switching off at the end of the lap, just making it into the pitlane. Ferrari fixed the electrical issue and returned onto the circuit with 25 minutes remaining. Both Raikkonen and Hamilton had several attempts on the supersoft tyre, with the Mercedes driver badly blocked by Nico Hulkenberg. They would end up fourth and fifth respectively at the end of the session. Outside the top five, an under review Nico Hulkenberg performed well for Renault, just half a second behind the leading pace. He was also fast on the soft tyres in the early part of the session.

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“But today’s result isn’t only thanks to this decision; it’s also down to the pace that we showed in damp conditions. After the Safety Car, I saw myself catching Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes in front and I got super excited! It was just an incredible race.

“I felt so comfortable in the car today and to finally cross the line in P7 is a great result, I’d like to thank the team for the whole weekend, we can all be very happy!”

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Stroll slams 'ridiculous' move by Sainz .
Lance Stroll has slammed Carlos Sainz for a ‘ridiculous’ move that caused both drivers to retire from the Bahrain Grand Prix. On lap 12 Stroll was coming back through the field after a pit-stop, with Sainz leaving the pitlane. The Spaniard attempted an audacious lunge into Turn 1, but ended up spearing into the side of the Williams. Speaking to the press after the accident, Stroll said: “I saw Sainz coming out of the pitlane, I was 50 or 60 metres in front of him in the braking zone, and was already turning in and he drove into my side. “There is not much else to say, as I have just seen the video and it was ridiculous.” Having failed to finish in his opening three races of the 2017 season, Stroll is keen to turn his luck around and open his points account. “I think the race wasn’t going badly,” Stroll added. “I had a bad start and lost a couple of positions, but boxed early and had a really good beginning to the stint on the soft tyres. “I am just disappointed and hope my luck turns round sometime soon. I can be frustrated, but it won’t get me anywhere. On the bright side there are many races to go.

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