Carlos Sainz believes Ferrari got the result they deserved at the Miami Grand Prix, on a weekend that Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrated victory at the Hard Rock Stadium.
Sainz finished third in Florida, behind teammate Charles Leclerc and Verstappen, but took joy in having been able to fend off Sergio Perez during the final laps of the race.
He did so on used Hard tyres, with Perez, who benefitted from a late Safety Car, managing to swap for new Mediums in time for the race to restart.
"It wasn't easy at all," admitted Sainz after the race.
"It's been a tough race with the tyres, with the heat. The car was moving and sliding a lot, but in the end, we got what we deserved.
"It was a decent P3, we can build up from here. I want more, but it was not bad."
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Sainz fought through pain on race day in Miami
Sainz's podium finish came after he slammed into a concrete wall during practice, leaving him fighting through pain for the remainder of his stay in Miami.
His top-three result was his third of the season, but he is now 51 points behind teammate Leclerc after five races.
"I've been better," he added, referring to his violent FP2 crash at Turn 14.
"Obviously, after the crash on Friday, I still had a bit of neck pain going into a race, but I had to manage it and I fought through it.
"With Checo (Perez) at the end, on the Medium tyre, it was very difficult to keep him behind, but we managed to get the podium, which is a decent result."
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