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Carlos Sainz

Sainz emotional after maiden F1 win: I will never forget this day!

Carlos Sainz is a Grand Prix winner for the first time after getting the job done during a dramatic and unforgettable British Grand Prix.

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Carlos Sainz was lost for words as he celebrated a historic maiden F1 win following a hard-fought drive in the British Grand Prix.

The Spaniard, now his country's second-ever Grand Prix winner after Fernando Alonso, had to fend off Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton in his pursuit of victory.

He did so in dramatic fashion, as all those around him traded places, to convert his first pole position into his first race win.

"I don't know what to say," beamed the Spaniard.

"It's amazing. I mean, the first race win 150 races later, with Ferrari at Silverstone, I cannot ask for more.

"It's a very special day, a day I will not forget, a very special weekend in general.

"Thank you to everyone for the support and the cheers. Lewis was on it today, I heard. It was one of his days, but we managed to hold on and I am incredibly happy."

Sainz: You can imagine my nerves!

Sainz was tested throughout the Grand Prix as he battled fuel problems while going wheel-to-wheel with his rivals.

He also had to get the job done, despite a late Safety Car that changed the course of the race.

"It was not easy. I struggled quite a bit with the balance, especially on the Medium tyres. Max was forcing us to push a lot through the high-speed corners," he said.

"But even throughout I kept believing and I tried to stay in the race – and then the Safety Car gave me the opportunity to get back on it.

"You can imagine my nerves on that Safety Car restart, and then getting it done and then the win!

"Silverstone is a special place for me. I got my first ever win here back in Formula BMW, back in 2010, and I've achieved exactly the same in Formula 1 with Ferrari."

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