Mar 27, 2021

Carlos Sainz to start eighth at the Bahrain GP: “It is a positive weekend even though I didn’t put together a good final lap”

Saturday, 27 March 2021
- Free Practice 3: P6, 1:32.108, 16 laps
- Qualifying: P8, 1:30.215, 17 laps·      

  • Carlos Sainz will start from eighth place in the Bahrain GP after setting a 1:30.215 lap in his first Q3 as a Ferrari driver.
  • The Spaniard used two sets of soft tyres in Q1. On the first one he put a 1:31.653 lap, which ultimately was enough to make it to the following round. He gave up on his second lap following a technical issue that stopped him on track.
  • He repeated the same strategy in Q2, starting with a 1:30.861 lap and improving to 1:30.009 to become the fastest driver on track.
  • Carlos had only one set of tyres left for Q3, therefore he ran on used tyres on his first outing (1:30.861). The second one was increasingly difficult following traffic on the out lap. He did a 1:30.215 and put himself in eighth place.

“A very positive day for the team. I think we need to be happy with where we are”.

“We had that very big shock in Q1, with the car turning off, but thankfully I could start it again and made it to the pits. It’s not always easy to recover from that, but we managed to do a very strong Q2. I’m obviously not happy with my last attempt in Q3. I went for it, but I’m probably lacking a bit more knowledge on the car and I couldn’t put together a clean lap. It is what it is”.

“In general, though, I’m happy. I’ve been improving throughout the sessions, with good pace and very little mistakes so I want to keep gaining experience with the car and building confidence on a one-timed lap”.

“There will be time to analyse Qualifying in depth next week, but now I want to switch my full focus on tomorrow’s race. I’m looking forward to my first ever race with the team and we’ll give our best to gain positions and finish as high as possible”.

Sunday, 28 March 2021
- Bahrain GP: 18:00 local time (17:00 CEST)

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