Carlos Sainz admits that he “lacked calmness” during a difficult Australian Grand Prix for him.
Sainz had a tough weekend in Melbourne two weeks ago. The qualifying finale was suspended due to Fernando Alonso’s crash at the moment the Ferrari driver was about to finish his flying lap. Later on, the Spaniard had ignition issues that affected his preparation and he was only 9th quickest as a result.
Sainz had to get a new steering wheel because of a switch problem before the race start. However, it had wrong settings, so he lost a bunch of positions on the opening lap. A lap later, he spun while trying to overtake Mick Schumacher and stuck in gravel.
Ahead of the Emilia Romagna GP, Sainz reflected on that weekend.
“One of my strengths as a driver is to stay calm in these sort of situations. This time, I lacked this calmness to react properly to the inconvenience that arrived to me at the time,” he said.
“And it wasn’t a great weekend because a lot of things happened, a lot of external factors happened, but at the same time I didn’t have the best reaction to this. At some point it had to happen – I’ve had, I don’t know how many, points finishes [17 – editorial note]. I don’t know how many consecutive races I’ve been finishing without major mistakes.
“At some point this mistake had to happen. And it happened, which I’m sure I will learn from – like I’ve done previously in my career and it just me made me stronger.
“So, a character-building weekend for sure.”