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Sainz reveals his qualifying plan at Istanbul

Carlos Sainz at the Turkish GP. Credits: Reddit.

Carlos Sainz has spoken about the strategy that he had at the Turkish Grand Prix qualifying.

Why it matters: The qualifying did not matter much to the Ferrari driver as he was set to start the race last due to the power unit change.


  • Sainz’s main goal was to make sure that his teammate Charles Leclerc would advance to Q2.
  • The Spaniard was also set to eliminate one of the competitors, who was Daniel Ricciardo.

What he had to say:

  • “Basically I was driving around trying not to set a competitive lap time, just to make sure the other car was making it to Q2,” Sainz told
  • “And then once Charles was safe I tried to push one lap to try and bump out a car from Q2, and coincidentally that car was Daniel, our direct competitor in the championship.”
  • “So the plan was executed perfectly, also with with a tow to Charles in Q2.”
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