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Sainz ‘wasn’t pushing that arduous’ earlier than Imola F1 qualifying crash

Ferrari driver Sainz crashed out early within the second stage of qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Friday, shedding management on the exit of Rivazza after working over the kerb on the surface of the nook.

Sainz had been attempting to enhance his preliminary lap time earlier than the incoming rain arrived and whereas his effort was sufficient to get him by means of to Q3, he was unable to participate within the session.

It means Sainz will begin tomorrow’s 21-lap dash race from 10th place, whereas team-mate Charles Leclerc strains up on the entrance row after narrowly losing out to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the fight for pole.

Sainz defined that he was shocked to lose the automobile within the vogue that he did, however took full blame for the error.

“The goal was to place a banker lap in, understanding that the rain was going to come back,” Sainz mentioned.

“Truthfully I knew I used to be P1, P2 the entire session, and I wasn’t pushing actually that arduous in any respect. The automobile shocked me in that nook, [and] I missed it.

“It’s clear that the monitor situations are very robust on the market, and I did a driver mistake that’s going to price me quite a bit going into the weekend.

“However a minimum of pondering positively, I’ll have dash quali and the race to recuperate.”

Marshals load the car of Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari F1-75, onto a truck

Marshals load the automobile of Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari F1-75, onto a truck

Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Sainz acknowledged the harm on his automobile “appeared dangerous” after the shunt and that it was “not going to be simple for the blokes tonight” to get the repairs accomplished.

“So large apologies to them for giving them the additional work, and now it’s time to concentrate on tomorrow,” he added.

The setback comes after Sainz spun out of the Australian Grand Prix two weeks in the past while trying to recover from a difficult qualifying session that left him ninth on the grid.

The incident has prompted Ferrari to give him a new engine as a precaution this weekend.

Sainz mentioned the goal at Imola was now “to maneuver ahead and attempt to rescue some good factors” over the dash race and grand prix.

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“The weekend will not be over but, it’s solely Friday, so there’s loads of time,” Sainz mentioned.

“However clearly it hurts as a result of we should always have been simple by means of to Q3, and within the moist, you by no means know what can occur.”

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