Sainz blames wind gust for qualifying crash

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 31: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 walks from his car after a crash during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 31, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Carlos Sainz crashed out of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix during the Q2 session.

The Spaniard spun in the final corner of the track during Q2, crashing into the barriers. Speaking after it, Sainz said it was “very frustrating and, to be honest, also very surprising.

“It’s not a mistake that I’ve done in a long time and obviously I was very surprised with it,” he said. “I went straight away to our garage to see what had happened on the data and what I could have done differently.

“I saw that I actually entered the corner 5kph slower than in the previous run, but there’s a 35-40kph gust of tailwind compared to a 10kph tailwind on Q1, and this probably just sent me on a massive oversteer.

“It’s unfortunate, but at the same time I don’t want to use it as an excuse. I think I owe an apology to the team, but at the same time, it’s not something that I’m going to dwell too much on because I’ve seen the data and it has left me a bit more calm about it.”

Sainz also described the crash, saying there was nothing he could do to avoid the impact.

“Once I saw that I had entered the corner slower than in the previous run, I said okay, I didn’t try anything crazy or anything stupid and I just lost it. It’s how it goes sometimes, it’s how motorsport works and we learn from it.”

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