Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz secured his second Grand Prix victory at the Singapore Grand Prix, showcasing his strategic brilliance on the track. Sainz praised his team for their efforts in turning the season around after a difficult start. He expressed his gratitude, saying, “We nailed the race, we did everything that we had to do. We did it perfect and we brought home a P1 that I’m sure all Italy, all Ferrari is going to be proud and happy today.”
Sainz’s performance since the summer break has been exceptional, and he acknowledged the hunger and desire that has fueled his recent success. He described the race as a chess match, strategically managing his tire wear and degradation. He admitted that the Safety Car forced him to pit earlier than planned but praised his team’s decision-making. Sainz also shared that he had to slow down George Russell to prevent any potential threats from him, ensuring his own victory.
Despite the pressure in the race, Sainz stated that he felt under control and had the pace to do whatever he wanted. He emphasized the importance of managing well and bringing home the win. Sainz expressed his overwhelming joy, saying, “That was the best feeling, y’know? Over the moon right now.”
McLaren‘s Lando Norris had an impressive race, matching his best-ever result with a second-place finish. Norris recognized Sainz’s generosity in helping him secure DRS, which benefited both of them. He acknowledged the challenging nature of the race, especially with the Mercedes drivers behind him. Norris commended his team for executing their strategy and expressed his happiness with the podium finish.
Norris also mentioned the fierce battle between George Russell and his teammate, which ended with Russell clipping the wall and retiring from the race. Despite his initial worries, Norris shared that he hit the same wall on the last lap but less severely. He sympathized with Russell, acknowledging his teammate’s speed and resilience throughout the race.
In terms of physicality, Norris confidently stated that he was ready to do it all again, highlighting the demanding nature of the Singapore Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finished in third place, not the result he desired but a brilliant comeback nonetheless. Hamilton congratulated Sainz and Norris on their performances and praised his team for their strategic decisions. He praised their different tire strategy and acknowledged the team’s role in bringing them back into contention. Hamilton expressed his disappointment about the incident at the first corner but remained focused on pushing forward. He expressed sympathy for Russell, acknowledging his teammate’s exceptional performance throughout the weekend.
Hamilton’s love for the challenging Singapore Grand Prix was evident, acknowledging the intense heat and physical demands of the race. He shared that he only lost 2kg during the race, implying that it wasn’t as physically demanding as expected.
During the press conference, Sainz reflected on his victory and expressed his pride in all aspects of his performance. He praised his team’s flawless execution and their ability to handle the pressure throughout the race. Sainz highlighted the various challenges they faced, such as tire degradation and pit stop gaps, and praised his team for managing everything under control.
Going into the race, Sainz admitted that it was difficult to determine their race pace. However, he remained confident in his ability to create opportunities by managing gaps, pace, and tire degradation. Despite the unexpected pit stop due to the Safety Car, Sainz acknowledged that it was the right call and successfully controlled the race until the Virtual Safety Car provided an opportunity for the Mercedes drivers to two-stop. Ultimately, Sainz expressed his determination and satisfaction with the victory.