09/04/2021 at 5:48 PM CEST
The Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), who will start sixth this Sunday in the Dutch Grand Prix, the thirteenth of the Formula 1 World Championship, said at the Zandvoort circuit that “mentally” this was “one of the toughest qualifications” of his career.
Sainz, who has just turned 27 and is sixth in the World Cup, with 83.5 points, suffered an accident in the morning – without major physical consequences – in the third and last free practice; and, fortunately, his mechanics were able to fix his Ferrari, in a clear fight against the clock, with which he ended up completing a great day.
“There was a lot of tension after the third practice session, because we didn’t know if we were going to start qualifying or not. But fortunately the mechanics have done an incredible job,” said the talented Madrid driver, who is ahead on the dot in the World Championship. half to his fellow Monegasque Charles Leclerc, fifth this Saturday and next to the one that will start from the third row.
“The mechanics have been sensational. The truth is that they have ‘worked’ and I was able to go out on track,” explained Sainz in statements to the Dazn television channel this Saturday in Zandvoort.
“From then on, everything consisted of recovering feelings and forgetting about the mistake I made. In Q3 (third qualifying round) I had a good lap, which left me feeling good,” he said.
“Now we have to think about tomorrow. Tomorrow adding points will be the priority,” said the Spaniard from Ferrari, who, finishing third in Hungary, before the holiday break, achieved his fourth podium since competing in the premier class, the second with the ‘Scuderia’, for which he has been running since this year.
“It is clear that the Red Bull and the Mercedes are ahead, so we will have to make a good start. And then things will be calmer,” he said. Sainz.
“This is one of the most complicated circuits we have ever been on. If you go a bit out of line, the car will go away,” he said.
“In the race we will go less to the limit, but one lap, this circuit does not forgive”, he declared Sainz this Saturday after qualifying for the Netherlands Grand Prix.