Sainz suffered a nasty shunt in Friday’s second free apply session, crashing into the unprotected concrete wall on the surface of Flip 14.
The Spaniard managed to rebuild his confidence on Saturday and certified second behind teammate Charles Leclerc.
From there he was pressured to let Purple Bull’s eventual race winner Max Verstappen by initially, however he then held off the second Purple Bull of Sergio Perez, regardless of the Mexican having fun with at tyre benefit on the finish of the race.
Sainz crossed the road in third some eight seconds behind Verstappen to take the ultimate podium spot.
Talking instantly after the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, Sainz revealed he was nonetheless feeling the results of Friday’s heavy hit, admitting he was scuffling with neck ache throughout Sunday’s sweltering race.
“I have been higher. Clearly, after the crash from Friday I nonetheless had a little bit of a neck ache going into the race, however I needed to handle it and I fought by it.
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75
Photograph by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Photos
“Particularly with Checo on the tip on the medium tyre, it was very troublesome to maintain him behind, however we managed to maintain the rostrum, which is a good end result.”
Even at the perfect of instances Sunday’s a lot anticipated occasion grew to become an especially bodily problem for the drivers as a result of bumpy nature of the racetrack, and South Florida’s warmth and humidity.
Sainz, who remains to be searching for his first win, to date struggled to get on prime of the Ferrari F1-75 and match teammate Leclerc, however at the very least ended a run of two consecutive DNFs with a 3rd podium of his 2022 season.
“It wasn’t simple in any respect,” he acknowledged. “It has been a troublesome race with the tyres, with the warmth. The automotive was transferring and sliding so much.
“However ultimately, we bought what we deserved I feel, which is a good P3, and we are able to construct it up from right here. I need extra however it’s not unhealthy.”
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