Carlos Sainz believes Ferrari slipped back to being the sixth best team at the Dutch Grand Prix despite his strong fifth-place finish.
Carlos Sainz secured fifth place at Zandvoort on Sunday, successfully holding off Lewis Hamilton’s late pressure. However, he was overtaken by Fernando Alonso and Pierre Gasly, who surprisingly finished on the podium. It was a difficult weekend for Ferrari overall, with both drivers struggling with the car’s handling. Charles Leclerc was forced to retire due to significant damage. Despite not yet achieving a podium finish in the 2023 F1 season, Sainz is currently ahead of his teammate and George Russell in the standings. Nevertheless, Sainz was pleased with his well-executed performance in the Dutch GP, although he was not satisfied with the car’s performance and his own struggles during the race.