Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, who finished second at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, explained why the Italian F1 team were so quick around the Principality, highlighting that several factors that came together.
Despite showing a considerable improvement on their 2020 form, Ferrari have by and large been this season's fourth quickest team. However, the unusual nature of the Monaco Grand Prix provided the Italian giants with a perfect platform to unleash the full potential of their SF21 F1 car. Despite Charles Leclerc not being able to make the race start after securing pole in Saturday's qualifying session, Sainz bagged second place for the team. The Spaniard explained why the SF21 was so quick around the streets of Monte Carlo.
"I think it's a combination of factors," Sainz told select members of the media including RacingNews365.com.
"We had a car that was performing very well in the low speed (corners) before coming here, the team managed to nail the setup which gave me good confidence, we managed to switch on the tires very well and we managed to generate downforce in such a high downforce circuit."
Sainz proceeded to praise the efforts of his team, saying it was a combined effort and every department played a crucial role in securing the podium at F1's most prestigious race.
"I think the whole team needs to be proud of it and the whole team needs to take some self-confidence you know from this weekend," Sainz continued.
"To know that everyone is working in the right direction and that everyone is pushing well and we are only improving as a team."
Ferrari are still fourth in the Constructor's Championship, though they are only a single point behind McLaren.