French Grand Prix 2022

French Grand Prix 2022: Autosport Writers' Favorite F1 French Grand Prix

By Hardik Wasanwal

Carlos Sainz says criticism of Ferrari's F1 strategy call has been unfair, as its strategy helped Charles Leclerc score in pole position at the French Grand Prix.

In recent races, Ferrari has come under fire for strategy calls that have cost it major consequences, such as the decision not to replace Leclerc's used tires in the final safety car during the British Grand Prix, and pits. The mistake that led him to victory in Monaco.

But at Paul Ricard on Saturday, Ferrari implemented a pre-weekend plan for Sainz to negate Leclerc in his slipstream in Q3 with Red Bull's straight back to negate the top speed advantage over the Scuderia.

The plan worked perfectly, with Leclerc - who believes Ferrari got the first Q3 lap wrong - taking pole by 0.304 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen.

Sainz, who will start from the back of the grid due to a change in power unit components, says Ferrari's qualifying strategy proved the team is "solid" strategically.

"I think we have received a lot of criticism on the strategy front," Sainz said. "And I think it's a little unfair because [with] every team this season, there are going to be mistakes with the tyres, choosing the tires and everything.

"But I think this year the team has been very solid on the strategy side and I think that's proven today. Also, the relationship with Charles, and the way the team works, I think This again proves that it is working very well and we are working very well together.

"It's good to see. I think you have to give it to us and to Ferrari that we had a great day."