Carlos Sainz admits that he "cannot be happy" with his third place at the Singapore Grand Prix after struggling to find confidence in his race pace.
The Spaniard qualified in fourth for the event, and moved up to third at the start following a battle with Lewis Hamilton. He went on to finish in the same position, one spot behind Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc in second.
Despite helping the team to secure a double podium result, Sainz was left disappointed not to have benefitted more from the mixed weather conditions, having always been known to perform well in the wet.
"It was just a matter of pure, pure pace and confidence," Sainz told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"I think here confidence is key and, when you have a couple of moments, it snowballs and then you have to take a bit more margin, and then you start losing extra pace compared to other tracks because next time around, you might be in the wall and you might look like an idiot."
Sainz determined to work on issue
Following the problem at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Sainz is keen to investigate what he can do to improve on it going forwards.
"It's a confidence thing that I will work on," the driver explained.
"I will have a good look with my engineers to see what I could have done better, what we can do in these sort of conditions because [it] is my one of my strongest points as a driver.
"I think it's going to be only a one-off."
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Sainz "cannot be happy" with Singapore result
Sainz's struggles with pace in Singapore meant that he struggled to feel satisfied with his race result, having hoped to apply more pressure to leader Sergio Perez up ahead.
"I think I cannot be happy, because I wish I could have put some pressure together with Charles on Checo, and we could have been both up there to play a bit with Checo," he continued.
"But today I simply didn't have the pace and it's something that I need to look at. That's why I'm not happy at all, because it's normally the conditions where I normally am quite quick and normally execute good races.
"At some point I had to settle a bit because it was not worth taking any risks, because I was P3 with 10 seconds behind and 10 seconds in front.
"And, at that point, you have to bring also the P3 for the team, instead of pushing a bit too much and making a mistake.
"So [it's] something to look at, but of course I am not happy and I will look at this race with good analysis and come back stronger in Suzuka."
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