Carlo Sainz he is a driver who does better in the race than in qualifying. Never like this time it is important for him to demonstrate it, in the Jeddah GP in Saudi Arabia. Where the minimum goal is to get on the podium. Reliability was lacking Ferrari – Leclerc was relegated ten positions before the switch to the control unit – and the Spaniard was missing from qualifying, when he would have been badly needed. The Monegask appeared to be driving a different car to Charles and confirmed his extraordinary skill on the flying lap by getting close to pole man Sergio Perez. Carlos, on the other hand, took four-tenths off his team-mate and even finished behind Russell, in a disorderly Mercedes (the car will be tipped over at Imola): proof of the lack of confidence to push through on such a very fast and risky Jeddah circuit.
The Chronicle of Qualifications
In testing in Bahrain, the Spaniard had adapted to the SF-23 ahead of the Monegask, and once the real championship began, the values were reversed. The regret of a possible missed front row start is also present in the mind of Fred Vasseur: “It’s a shame because he had to fit an extra set of tires in Q2 and in Q3 he only had one new set. He made a mistake that probably cost him the front row». Why did Sainz squeeze the tires like that, resulting in one of the worst times in the track’s first sector (eighth fastest, even slower than Ocon on that stretch)? “Even on the last attempt in Q3 I tried to push a little harder and made a mistake in the first sector and lost 3-4 tenths. It was a bad qualifying.” Carlos he couldn’t warm up the front tyres, the front “didn’t feel right”: “I lost a lot in Turns 1 and 2, and in Turn 4 where Charles used the car really well: in the rest I was fast”.
Sainz’s difficulties have arisen when he has to drive to the limit. His best quality is concreteness, today’s match will be a test: «We have the pace to succeed Russell, fight with Aston Martin and get on the podium. TO WIN? Red Bull seems too strong to me.” However, finishing in the top three is a mandatory goal after the wooden medal in Bahrain.
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