Carlos Sainz was seventh, he passed Q2 on the medium tire, and Charles Leclerc qualified 13th despite trying to save the cut with the soft. The t
Carlos Sainz was seventh, he passed Q2 on the medium tire, and Charles Leclerc qualified 13th despite trying to save the cut with the soft. The two Ferraris were not at the same level this Saturday, when equality is usually maximum, and that draws attention. AS consulted the Madrilenian, what happened? “I don’t know, I don’t know what happened to Charles. During the day, since FP3 I was not completely comfortable and in qualifying either. It has been much further away than in recent weekends. Yes it is true that I am improving and I am liking myself more and more, I find my ‘feeling’ my ‘set-up’ direction, I am improving a lot. But what happened today is not normal, we will analyze it and try to understand it. “Ferrari changed Leclerc’s chassis because it found a break,” possibly due to the pianos in Q1.
The clean area of the grid should be an aid to the start, although it will penalize the medium rubber compared to those who will use the soft one. “Anything can happen, that the average degrades as much as the soft one or that it is very good, and we have an advantage over the rest. And that it is complicated at the start and goes well at the end of the ‘stint’. If you have to go two stops, leaving with the average does not give any advantage. And if you can go to a stop, it would be thanks to the average. We tried to bet on the one that was the best option, “Sainz said after qualifying.
His Saturday was “stressful, especially in Q2”. “We have played it and it has turned out well, although I really do not know if it will be a strategy advantage or not.” Losail, by the way, is a circuit “three times faster than it seemed on YouTube” with speeds “of madness, spectacular “. “It is one of the toughest circuits I have ever driven, with so many 5G curves. I have sweated more than normal in qualifying, and I have only done six laps, so I expect a hard day in the race and neck pain at night. But so far I’m really liking it and I’m going very fast, “he sums up. Good feeling on his side of the garage.