“I am not as smooth as I want to be,” Carlos Sainz unsatisfied after his performance in Imola Sprint

The Ferrari driver made up several places but is discontent with the overall performance.

Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz, in the qualifying session on Friday, crashed and thus started P10 in the sprint race on Saturday. The Ferrari driver made up six places and finished P4, placing himself in a potentially vital spot to support his teammate and the WDC leader Charles Leclerc, who’ll start P2 on Sunday in the Imola GP.

The Spanish driver took a new power unit going into the weekend but failed to capitalize. He appears to be discontent with his overall performance, despite a good drive in the sprint race. However, he is now going to be a crucial part of the team’s strategy.

Speaking after the race, Carlos expressed his dissatisfaction saying, “I am not as smooth as I want to be and mistakes like yesterday shows that I am not 100% happy with the car but I am hustling out there.”

Carlos Sainz’s readiness for the Imola GP

Carlos Sainz crash
Carlos Sainz crash during qualifying

Carlos will be starting P4, alongside Red Bull’s Sergio Perez. This is crucial for both teams since their title contenders are in the front row, it’ll be Sainz and Perez’s responsibility to maintain pressure on the other driver of the opponent team.

Sainz, after a good race, seems to have his confidence back and appears to be ready tomorrow. He, as quoted by GP Blog, said, “I did the maximum that I could do today with the way that the race played out. I knew that I had to get up to the top five and hopefully the top four, and today I got P4 and now I am in the mix for tomorrow. It was a solid day and a solid race. I’m ready to fight everyone tomorrow.”

Although, as per Mattia Binotto, there is no number 1 driver for Ferrari, and both the drivers are allowed to race, for the Imola GP, Leclerc would be their priority given his better qualification for both sprint and the main race. Sainz, however, will now be more crucial and have a bigger part to play.

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