Carlos Sainz admits he is relieved after his first Formula 1 victory in Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
Sainz started the race from pole position but seemed to lack pace throughout the event compared to teammate Charles Leclerc and Mercedes-Lewis Hamilton.
The Spaniard was second as the race neared its closing stages before being forced into the pits after a safety car call out for fresh soft tyres.
He then used the extra grip to overtake Leclerc into the lead before taking the checkered flag.
“I think a first win is always a relief, I don’t want to lie,” said Sainz.
“It didn’t feel like pole position [on Saturday]today the win feels a little bit of a relief because there you have it, you have a win in Formula 1.
“And for sure I’ll keep fighting for more, you know, I’ll keep improving with this car and I’ll try to make it happen.”
Sainz has had a difficult 2022 season so far, having been involved in a series of incidents earlier in the season.
Despite his struggles, Sainz says he always believed he would win a race in the sport.
“I never stopped believing that this win was coming,” he said. “Even though this year has been tough for me and not the easiest.
“I mean, I could have won in Monaco. I mean, Canada was super tight. And it was about time something happened in a race that you can win or a race that I can win on sheer speed or merit, like in Canada.
“So keep believing. If this sport has taught me anything, believe it.
“It’s never come easy in my career, but this is a great example of how it still happens.”