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Sainz praises Ferrari damage limitation tactics

The Scuderia recovered from 10th and 11th on the grid to finish fourth and fifth.

Carlos Sainz has praised Ferrari's strategic team after closing in on Mercedes and Aston Martin in F1's Constructors' standings at the Canadian Grand Prix. A nightmarish qualifying saw Sainz land only the eighth-fastest time in Q3, whilst teammate Charles Leclerc could manage 11th. But the Spaniard would drop behind Leclerc with a three-place grid penalty for impeding rivals during Saturday's wet session. Ferrari's strategy team has been much maligned in recent years with a number of blunders often dropping its cars down the order, but the Scuderia's bold decision not to pit under an early Safety Car at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve proved to be a masterstroke as it claimed a four-five finish. "Clearly, we had more pace than where we qualified," Sainz told media, including RacingNews365.com . "It felt like we would have had fun at the front if we would have started at the front but solid pace, a solid strategy and we managed to bring home fourth and fifth."

We trusted the Medium

Sainz was asked to pit earlier than his eventual window though declined Ferrari's call, instead staying longer on the Medium compound tyre. Hailing the tactics employed by the Scuderia, he added: "We definitely did a very good strategy. "Staying out with both cars was the right call, the Medium was strong on our car all weekend since Friday and I could maximise the stint on the Medium. "We trusted the Medium because of FP2, we committed to it. The harder tyres are always a bit trickier on our car."

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