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Sainz buoyed by 'quicker' Ferrari despite frustrating P2 result

Carlos Sainz was left pleased by the race pace of his Ferrari in the Canadian Grand Prix, but was ultimately left frustrated at being denied his first F1 win.

Carlos Sainz was pleased with the race pace demonstrated by Ferrari in the Canadian Grand Prix, but was frustrated to narrowly lose out on the win to Max Verstappen. Following a late-race Safety Car period, the Scuderia driver pressured Verstappen for the victory, but was unable to make a move for the lead. The result is Sainz's fifth second-place finish in F1, meaning he will continue to wait for a maiden victory in the sport. Speaking after the race, Sainz said that he wasn't able to make up any more ground on Verstappen after "giving everything" to try and win. "I was pushing flat out. I wasn't leaving any inch to the walls or under braking. I was pushing everything with the battery," Sainz told Sky Sports F1 . "I tried everything to pass Max, but today, we just didn't have enough pace delta to get him close enough in the hairpin to then get him a bit out of line into the chicane. "Honestly, we tried everything and we were very, very close to winning today, so I will take the positives and keep trying in the next one."

Sainz pleased with race pace performance

Throughout the season, Ferrari have often had the edge in qualifying pace, only to be pegged back by Red Bull in the race. However, the Canadian GP saw a reversal of that trend, with Sainz's Ferrari pressuring Verstappen's Red Bull in the closing stages of the event. Despite being unable to make the move on Verstappen for the victory, Sainz added that he was pleased with the race pace demonstrated by the team at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve. "The positive thing is that we were quicker, we were faster all race, it's just that little bit more [needed] to overtake around here," added Sainz. "I'm particularly happy with the race pace with the way we managed to put pressure on Max during the whole race. The timing of the pitstops I think was right."

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