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Sainz: Imola Q2 exit “exposed” lack of Ferrari mileage

IMOLA, ITALY – APRIL 17: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 17, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Carlos Sainz has blamed his lack of mileage with his Ferrari machine for his Imola qualifying Q2 exit.

The Spaniard called it a “bad day,” but feels he still needs more time to get up to speed with his new red machine.

“I honestly felt quick all weekend but always felt like I couldn’t put the lap together, and qualifying exposed it,” he said.

“I was just a bit all over the place, never really managing to put corners together doing the whole lap. Even though I felt quick in the corners that I managed to nail, I just couldn’t put it together.

“So I’m disappointed because I know a lap time was there if I do a good job. I know I could have gone through Q3.

“But at the same time, I think this track has exposed us a bit in terms of that I still lack a bit of mileage, a bit of understanding from the car to exactly know what to expects and to know how to extract the absolute limit of it.”

Sainz said he left “two or three tenths on the table” after struggling with balance through the corners.

“It’s tight out there, and every single tenth counts,” he said.

“But I know today I left two or three tenths on the table, just by my own means and my own brake balance issues, not managing to put together the balance that I wanted through every corner.

“But at the same time, it’s early in the season. I’ve done very little laps with this car, and I still need to learn. I’m going through a learning curve right now, and I will try and improve.”

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