Carlos Sainz only managed to get P9 in today’s qualifying, but he felt he could extract more from the car in Q3.
Throughout the whole qualifying session, Sainz was competitive with his SF21. However, during Q3 he could not extract everything from the car, and he only managed to finish ninth.
“It was a classification that looked good, it seemed that I had a very good rhythm after Q2. For some reason I couldn’t find the feeling with the car in Q3 and I couldn’t do the same lap as in Q2,” he said.
The times set by Sainz in Q2 were faster than the ones in Q3, where he could not repeat them, which is quite weird considering that the condition of the track improves throughout the session.
“The same lap of Q2 in Q3 would have put us in the top five. We have to analyze there why in Q3 we have gone backwards and we have not been able to find the rhythm,” he added.
Despite a difficult qualifying session, Sainz believes that the rhythm will be better in the race, and he admitted that he will attack tomorrow during the sprint qualifying.
“I think we have a great opportunity to push. We have to see what we can do to recover some positions because I think we have a car to be in the top six, at least,” he concluded.