Sainz scored his third podium of the season by finishing third at the Sochi Autodrom on Sunday, having led the early levels of the race earlier than slipping behind Lando Norris.
Sainz regarded set to complete fourth earlier than the late downpour allowed him to rise as much as third place after a well-timed change to intermediates, following dwelling Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
Sainz has been working all through 2021 to attempt to stand up to hurry at Ferrari since his change from McLaren, however now sits 8.5 factors away from team-mate Charles Leclerc within the standings.
The consequence capped off a stable weekend for Sainz that had seen him qualify second on Saturday in damp situations, prompting the Spaniard to label it as his greatest weekend but with Ferrari.
“I believe I managed to place a really sturdy weekend from observe, particularly into Q3, after which an excellent begin and good tempo administration in very tough situations,” Sainz mentioned.
“I’m not going to lie, I’m pleased with the weekend. I believe the staff has additionally finished an excellent job with the entire pitstop calls, yesterday going onto the tender tyre on the proper time, immediately going into taking the intermediates on the proper time.
“General, I believe it’s been my strongest weekend in Ferrari.”
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, and Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
Sainz overtook Norris on the run right down to Flip 2 on the opening lap, however was handed simply earlier than coming into the pits on the finish of lap 14 as he struggled with tyre graining.
At one level, Sainz was knowledgeable that he regarded set to complete the race in fifth place, one thing he conceded “got here as a little bit of a shock” on the time.
“After main the race, you’re no less than assured that you’re within the struggle for the rostrum,” Sainz mentioned.
“I didn’t precisely know the place the others have been at that time on-track. I knew I had finished a pitstop, and I knew that I used to be not getting overcut by anybody. So the tempo was first rate.
“Possibly our simulations advised that as a result of everybody was going to place the medium on the finish, we have been going to be a straightforward prey for them, and we have been probably going to complete P5.”
After clearing site visitors, Sainz was capable of up his tempo and seize third place because of the late rain, though he conceded the consequence “doesn’t style nearly as good” after main the race.
“What we have to preserve engaged on as a staff is to ensure the subsequent time I’m within the place of main a race, we make it stick and we win the race, we don’t endure as a lot as we suffered with graining and we weren’t so susceptible on the straights and all that,” Sainz mentioned.
“[We need to] ensure that we preserve bettering as a staff to make it stick subsequent time.”