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Carlos Sainz has rejected the idea that Ferrari's strategies have been especially poor this season, defending the Maranello squad's decisions this year. 

The French GP was another difficult one for Ferrari, with Charles Leclerc's mistake and retirement allowing Red Bull to further extend their lead in the championship. 

Leclerc's mistake aside, Ferrari found themselves in the spotlight after the confusion and poor communication between Sainz and his engineer, as the team debated a second stop. 

Whilst the decision to call Sainz for a second stop is understandable - given the danger of a puncture - Ferrari was again under fire for its lack of cohesion and inability to efficiently execute a race. 

Sainz, however, has come to the defence of his team:

"I think the team is doing a very good job on strategy this year; I still believe at Ferrari we get super-criticised for things that other teams might be going through also in the pit stop windows, and every time there’s a tricky moment on strategy, we are discussing things.

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"But we are not a disaster like people seem to say we are. We like to discuss things, we are open about them."

The Spaniard also addressed the confusion surrounding his final stop: 

Yes, I was in the middle of an overtake, but I didn’t believe that was the right lap to stop and come back through the field."

"I believe that maybe at the time it was better to risk it and stay out and see what happens to the tyres… but I had just made it to P3, and I saw a podium position that I said, if I make these tyres last, maybe I can finish on the podium.

"But we will never know. It was a feeling. The team has a lot more data on the computer, they have a lot more numbers to go through, and if they took that decision, I’m 100% convinced that they took it with the best of intentions and with the best of spirits.

"It’s just, we need to keep progressing, and we need to analyse everything and see if we can do better, but I’m convinced the team is doing a good job there."