Sport Sainz ecstatic as tyre gamble pays off in China

18:35  09 april  2017
18:35  09 april  2017 Source:   readsport.co

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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…

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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!

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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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