“I think on my side I just struggled, to be honest, all weekend,” Sainz reflected post-race. “After qualifying we found a couple of issues with the car that probably [held] us back today a bit, and it was not a very strong weekend at home here in front of the Tifosi.

“Now we need to have a look at how we can solve them and make a step forward for Monaco. At the same time, when you look at Charles, I think if we would have started in front… The race pace is not bad at all, we just need to find something in qualifying.”

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Pushed on whether the problems found with his car were at all worrying – with Ferrari having brought significant updates to the event – Sainz explained: “No, they’re not from the upgrades. It’s just something that we need to investigate carefully, and I’m pretty sure we will find a solution.


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