Carlos Sainz has mixed feelings about his second place in the Grand Prix of Italy.
The McLaren driver only had to tolerate the equally surprising Pierre Gasly on Sunday at the Monza circuit.
"I'm half disappointed with second place," said Sainz, who had his best result of his career, after the crazy race.
"We couldn't believe we were competing for the win."
The Spaniard ended up in fourth place after a heavy crash from Charles Leclerc and a stop-and-gopenalty from Lewis Hamilton.
Leclerc hit the tires hard on the 27th lap, causing the race to be halted for a long time due to repair work.
Meanwhile, Hamilton also got a stop-and-gopenalty of ten seconds for driving into the pit lane while it was closed.
Sainz then also passed Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi to work his way up to second place.
"I think I would have finished second behind Lewis in a normal race," said Sainz, who was on the podium (third) for the first time in Brazil last year.
"I already felt like I dominated the midfield. We should be proud of the speed of the car."
Lance Stroll was on a Formula 1 podium for the first time since 2017. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Lance Stroll was on a Formula 1 podium for the first time since 2017.
(Photo: Pro Shots)
Stroll: 'Had a lot of wheelspin on the restart'
Lance Stroll was also on a Formula 1 podium for the second time.
The Racing Point driver crossed the finish line three seconds behind Gasly.
In 2017 he achieved a podium place (third) in Azerbaijan for the first time.
"It's been a few years since I was on the podium, but I'm so happy for Pierre. He drove so consistently," said Stroll, who was in second place before Leclerc's crash.
However, the Canadian had a bad restart and fell back to fifth place, after which he overtook Räikkönen and Giovinazzi in the future. "
"It was in my favor to start second, but I had a lot of wheelspin on the restart," said Stroll.
"It's bizarre to start again halfway through a race."
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