Carlos Sainz reveals that he is happy with his performance in Saturday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying.

The Spaniard showed solid pace throughout the whole session and went on to finish 5th which was vital for Ferrari in their battle with McLaren. Sainz himself wanted to have a redemption for a disappointing qualifying in Saudi Arabia a week ago.

“I needed it after a difficult one in Jeddah where I was very quick but not clever enough to know how to use my speed. Here I wanted to take it little by little through the weekend, and definitely peaked at the right time,” Sainz said.

“It was not an easy qualifying because it was a lot of games going on with outlaps etcetera. But we managed it very well and put together a nice lap in the end.”

The Ferrari driver also praised his former McLaren teammate Lando Norris who qualified 3rd.

“[McLaren] have been quick all the last half of the season. It’s just they haven’t been putting it together and it looks like Lando is going to do a pretty good job this weekend like he did here last year.”

“It’s a track he likes, it’s a track he always puts some good lap together. We were not that far [off] in terms of lap times. He must have done a pretty good one because mine was nice. Congrats to him and tomorrow we’ll give him a run.”

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