sandman1347 wrote:Sainz really is the forgotten man here. All the midfield credit is going to Alonso but Sainz pulled a blinder with his strategy call and finished the race in the highest position possible for that car. He has also, once again, demolished his teammate. Sainz is one to watch for the future and I think he will move up the grid next season (if not at Red Bull then at Ferrari or Mercedes).
I agree with what some others have said. This is about driver of the weekend. In recent races, I think 4 out of the last 5 races, Kvyat has beaten Sainz in qualifying. And last race in Australia, Kvyat was clearly stronger IMO. Sainz may have beaten him in qualifying, but in the race at one point, Kvyat was far quicker so that the team had to make Sainz allow him through, then after Kvyat has pulled away by about 5 seconds pretty quickly, he had an issue and had to pit. But even then, he still managed to finish just one position below Sainz.
Then, in this race, Kvyat qualified 9th and Sainz didn't even make it into Q2. So just because of that, I'd struggle to vote him as driver of the whole weekend. But even when he started the race, I know it will have been hard for him but he did make a mess of it. He went too fast into the 1st corner for the tyres he was using and actually lightly crashed into the wall and was very lucky to avoid damage. But yes, from then on, he was outstanding and it was a very impressive race. But Kvyat didn't get the chance to show what he could have done and judging from his pace last weekend, he may possibly have been as good or better than Sainz again.
I can't say Sainz has "once again, demolished his teammate". So far this season, I think they have both been about evenly matched and I'm actually confident it will stay that way. I think Kvyat just had a poor season since he left Red Bull. But his skill and performance seems to be back now this year with a fresh start.