Carlos Sainz, Max Verstappen both agree Ferrari were faster in Canada

Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen both agreed that the Spaniard and Ferrari had the stronger package on Sunday in Montreal.

Verstappen held off a 15-lap attack from a spirited Sainz in a gripping end to the Canadian Grand Prix as the Ferrari driver chased an elusive first Formula 1 win.

Sainz followed the World Championship leader and Red Bull driver for most of the race, closing in behind him several times towards the end but finding himself unable to take the lead.

Sainz acknowledged that for the first time this season he felt like the downright fastest driver on track, on the edge of F1-75’s capabilities as he harassed Verstappen for the lead.

It didn’t pay off for the Ferrari man in the end, but he was still happy with how he drove.

“This weekend I was faster for the first time – I want to say all season, but for the first time in the championship,” Sainz told reporters afterwards.

“I’ve been the fastest man on the track, both on the medium and the hard. I caught Max on both occasions and I felt comfortable with the car.

“I was everywhere, close to” [the] walls, you know, with confidence – lugging it, and I felt comfortable there, so it’s a shame I didn’t get the first win.”

The victory for Verstappen extended his world championship lead to 46 points after Sergio Perez’ early retirement, taking his fifth win in six races.

The Dutchman took a comfortable pole position on Saturday in wet conditions and initially shot away at the front on Sunday, before Sainz was able to match him in the final phase.

Despite keeping a cool head and holding off his former Toro Rosso team-mate, he feels the pendulum between who has the best performance swinging in Ferrari’s favor this weekend.

“I think we succeeded today. Yes, absolutely,” said Verstappen when asked about Sainz’s opinion that Ferrari had the faster car. “So again, [a] Few lessons to watch and why. I mean the track was also very green, low grip.

“But you can see, you know, one race it seems like we have the upper hand and other races they look strong again. So we fit together really well.”

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