mikeyg123 wrote:The more I think about it the more I come to the opinion that Sainz drove an absolutely tremendous race. He came through the whole field in a Mclaren, hardly the same as doing it in a top 3 car and was easily faster than his team mate. Then at the end of the race he has all the cards stacked against him and somehow manages to hold position. I voted for Verstappen, Gasly and Sainz but if I could only vote 1 it would be Sainz. His race was more impressive than Gasly's who really only gained positions because people fell off in front of him.
At the end of the race with all the chaos and including Bottas retiring, Gasly and Sainz both gained the same number of positions. Other than 1 impressive overtake on perez, all of the rest should have just been expected really. Other than perhaps his team mate who I think should have done better. That McLaren is no slouch. When I look back at the race in detail as well as the pit stops other drivers made, I think he actually overtook on track 8 times including both stints. Not including him getting by Magnussen and Ricciardo as they both had damage as Sainz past. And one of them was on Grosjean at the end which I think was done in an unreasonable manner. The rest was done by strategy which he did do really well with admittedly. But on lap 45, he was in 14th. Several laps later, he was in 9th. But he had only actually overtaken Noris. The rest had all pitted at an incredibly convenient time that avoided troubling Sainz. To me things sort of went his way throughout a lot of the race. Then came the safety car. He will have been under pressure due to old tyres at the end which he did very well with (other than overtaking Grosjean). Other than that, i think it was that due to the lack of coverage, i think it was sort of hidden that he benefited from so many things when i look more closely.
He didn't overtake anywhere near as many as his results make it look. Most cars that he did go by were a fair bit slower than him. I think the main stand out for him was that he made his tyres last. But then I think the safety car helped him here. But then as you point out, he did have to hold position and he has Saubers behind him on way better tyres which he did keep behind.
I'd still vote him if I could vote for 4 drivers, but I don't think he was the main stand out driver for the weekend and IMO has possibly been slightly over rated actually.