Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz has said he is unhappy after the late red flag caused by his teammate ruined a possible pole.

Sainz, who will line up fourth on the grid, was less than happy because he could have got a pole. Unfortunately, on his final flying lap, teammate Charles Leclerc crashed and caused a session-ending red flag. Leclerc took pole, but Sainz is stuck on the second row of the grid alongside Valtteri Bottas.

“I’m Very disappointed to be honest,” said Sainz after qualifying.

“It’s a difficult thing to accept, to digest, and it’s not like every day of your life you have the opportunity to put it on pole in Monaco because today I definitely had the pace to do so.”

“On run one I lost two or three tenths in the last sector compared to my best lap, so I knew a 1m10.2 or 10.1 with track evolution was there to be had. I had a lot of traffic in run two at the beginning of the lap, I had Perez into Turn 1 that didn’t get out of the way, and I already lost a tenth.”

“But then I was coming very quick, I was recovering that lap time, and I knew I had all that lap time to come in the last sector, but it was out of Turn 13 that I saw the yellow flag, and I had to abort. I’ve been on it all weekend, I’ve been having the pace to win, to put it on the pole.”

“I have to be happy, but my brain right now is not happy at all, because at least top two for the team today was possible.”

Sainz will be hoping to get a good start in the race tomorrow.

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