The Ferrari boss acknowledged the Madrid native’s well-deserved comeback from penultimate position to sixth
The novel Las Vegas GP ended without any major surprises: the bank always wins, and Max Verstappen, too. The Dutchman added his 53rd victory to his wheel red bull, paralleling Sebastian Vettel as the driver with the most wins in ‘The Great Circus’.
Of course, Ferrari fought until the end. Charles Leclerc He defended himself as best he could against the ‘bulls’ of the World Cup and gave an overtake in the last lap to proudly defend second place. Carlos Sainz also pulled out of the caste, condemned to return from the penultimate place after an accident in the first corner of the American circuit.
Ferrari boss Fred Vasseur praised the great Spanish race after a difficult weekend.
It can be expected that the start of the race for Carlos Sainz will not be easy. After setting the second-best pace in the classification, he was forced to start in twelfth place due to a more than controversial penalty imposed by the FIA.
In the first corner, narrow, like the whole circuit, some cars are spinning, including Fernando Alonso, leading to a scrum that ended with two Spaniards on the grid in the final positions. Since then, the native of Madrid, Ferrari He began an admirable comeback to finish in sixth place.
Fred Vasseurhead of the historic Italian team did not lose sight of the Spaniards good performance and was full of praise for his career.
“If you consider that Carlos was twenty on the first lap, he made an amazing comeback, said the DAZN manager.
“In general, I think we overtook the Red Bulls twice in the race to finish second. It is undoubtedly a great event. We achieved good points; we are not far from Charles’ victory,” he added, referring to the Monegasque’s performance in the race.
“Overall, I think it was a good performance, considering that, if you want to talk about Carlos, the weekend was very difficult, the penalty is complicated for him, and to finish and come back like he did is great,” he said.
“We started slow in the difficult one, but we had problems on the restart after the safety car. It was always at the top of the grain, but I think we were in good shape in the first run. Maybe a little conservative in the second, but it’s easy to say now,” added Vasseur.
“The weekend doesn’t end worse than it started”, he concluded when asked by Albert Fábrega.
Charles Leclerc and his most sincere message to Ferrari fans: “I’m sorry, I tried everything.”
“Wait, I was disappointed to finish second, but in the end, it was the best we could get. The start was complicated as Max lost grip on the inside and threw me out.
“Later, we caught him again because we had the pace. We are strong overall. It was a great race, and we were unlucky with the safety cars.
“We didn’t stop because we didn’t know what others would do, and we maintained that position on the track. Tires are tough at the end. But secondly, out of many fights, I really enjoyed it.”
“It’s an adrenaline-filled ride. I really enjoyed it, and it was something we needed because the weekend didn’t start the way it should have, but I’m happy with how it ended.
“Sorry for the second place; I tried everything, but for sure everyone had a lot of fun watching the race. I really enjoyed it, and we should have more races like this where the races are like this because it’s a lot of fun.”