Portimão 02 May 2021
Charles Leclerc finished sixth for Scuderia Ferrari and his team-mate Carlos Sainz was eleventh in the Portuguese Grand Prix. The Monegasque had a race-long duel with Lando Norris, while the Spaniard suffered with degradation on the Medium tyres in the closing stages, thus dropping out of the points. Formula 1 is straight back in action with the Spanish Grand Prix taking place next Sunday.
Charles Leclerc #16
“I can’t be satisfied with P6, and overall, I haven’t been performing at my best this weekend. That said, looking at my drive in the race, I am happy with the job I did. I had a good start to the first stint, but then Carlos and I both struggled a lot with graining on the medium tyre, which didn’t seem to affect the others so much. As a team, we have to understand what happened there.
A fifth may have been possible today, but I don’t think we could have done much more.”
Carlos Sainz #55
“We didn’t have a good day. Even though I got a good start, the race was very tough after the pit stop. During the first stint I was feeling very good on the Soft tyre behind Lando, Then, we tried the undercut by changing quite early onto the Medium and it didn’t work. From there on, it was a big struggle to make it to the end with that compound due to the graining.
I’m disappointed, as I feel we had a good opportunity to score good points today. We will analyse the race, learn from the strategy, from the tyres and from the car behaviour. On to Spain.”
Mattia Binotto Team Principal
“Today’s result was not what we were expecting. We were unable to capitalise on the potential seen in qualifying and that cost us a lot of points in the Constructors’ classification. Charles drove a very solid race, making up some of the ground lost yesterday. Carlos had a difficult race, especially in the second stint.
In just a few days, we are back in action in Spain. On a very demanding track like the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit, we will need to be prepared down to the smallest detail to make the most of our potential throughout the weekend.”