Carlos Sainz Jr. admitted that qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix was extremely difficult, stating that mentally, it was one of the most demanding classifications in his Formula 1 career.

After his incident in Free Practice 3, the Spaniard recovered well in qualifying, lining up sixth for Sunday’s race, behind teammate Charles Leclerc. While Sainz expressed his disappointment for not being the fastest in the middle sector, he ultimately said that his priority for the weekend was securing points on Sunday.

“Mentally, it has been one of the toughest qualifyings of my career. After Free Practice 3, there was tension in the box, because there were doubts about whether we were going to be able to leave [the garage] or not. The guys have worked it out and that has allowed me to go out and forget about the mistake,” Sainz told DAZN F1.

“It [Zandvoort] is one of the most complicated circuits, having so much wind there is a lot of sand and if you go out a little, you lose control of the car suddenly. In the race, we go less to the limit, but it is a track that does not forgive.

“In Q3, I’ve been very close to being the best of the rest. This leaves a good taste in my mouth because without the mistake this morning I might have been the best in the midfield. Tomorrow the priority will be to get points.”

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