Carlos Sainz has qualified in P8 for the Bahrain Grand Prix in what was a good qualifying for Scuderia Ferrari coming off a difficult 2020.

The Spaniard qualified eight for tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Sainz had issues with his car by the end of Q1, but his squad managed to fix them and he went out to Q2, a session he led by 0.001s over his teammate Charles Leclerc.

“It’s been stressful, but I think we reacted well,” he told Spanish channel DAZN F1. “We recovered from the shock. Good Q2, happy with it. In Q3 I was lacking a bit. Then in the out lap, I had a lot of traffic, and I was very conservative. It was difficult to recover, but it is being a good weekend, and I feel fast. Let’s see if we can recover tomorrow.”

Carlos says track evolution made things difficult for his final outing, making it impossible to improve his lap time.

“Every time I tried to improve my time, I went out and the track was a completely new experience. It was a very difficult track, and everything was a bit of experimenting. Going through all of those new sensations for me it’s a bit complicated. I managed to do it except in Q3, but you learn from everything.

“I’m prepared, as always, although I don’t know how well prepared,” he concluded.

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