Sainz had a nasty shunt during Friday’s free practice session, colliding into the concrete wall that was not protected on side of Turn 14.
The Spaniard has managed to restore his confidence on Saturday , and finished second in the race behind his teammate Charles Leclerc.
He was then forced to allow Red Bull’s eventual winner Max Verstappen through in the beginning however he held away from second Red Bull of Sergio Perez in spite of the Mexican taking advantage of the tyres at the conclusion to the course.
Sainz finished in third place, just eight seconds slower than Verstappen to claim the podium position.
After the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, Sainz admitted he was still feeling the effects of Friday’s brutal crash, admitting that he was suffering from neck pains on Sunday’s hot race.
“I’ve improved,” he said.
“Obviously after Friday’s crash, I had a little small neck pain before the race. However, I was able to deal with it and managed to get through it.
“Especially when you have Checo at the finish on the medium tyre it was extremely difficult to hold him back however we were able to hold onto the podium which is a good outcome.”
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18
Photo taken by Carl Bingham / Motorsport Images
Even at the best times, Sunday’s most anticipated race was a physical and physical test for drivers because of the rough track, as well as South Florida’s humid and hot temperatures.
Sainz He is trying to win his first race He has been struggling to keep pace with the Ferrari F1-75 as well as match with teammate Leclerc however, he at least finished a string of two consecutive DNFs by claiming his third podium of the 2022 season.
“It wasn’t an easy race,” he acknowledged. “It’s been a difficult race, especially with the tyres and due to the temperatures. The car was sliding and moving lots.
“But at the end of the day we received what we were able to get, I believe it’s a decent P3, and we’ll increase it from here. I’d like to see more, but it’s not terrible.”
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