Sainz: Imola Q2 exit "exposed" lack of Ferrari F1 mileage

Carlos Sainz Jr was left disappointed by his Q2 exit in Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying the result “exposed” his lack of mileage with Ferrari.

Sainz: Imola Q2 exit "exposed" lack of Ferrari F1 mileage

Sainz narrowly missed out on a top-10 qualifying result after a close-fought qualifying at Imola on Saturday, finishing 11th for Ferrari.

The Spaniard was left disappointed after finishing six-hundredths off a place in Q3, albeit lapping less than half a second off the overall fastest time in the session.

Sainz called it a “bad day in the office”, but felt it showed that he still needs more time to get fully up to speed with Ferrari after just one-and-a-half days of testing and one grand prix weekend in the SF21 car.

“I honestly felt quick all weekend but always felt like I couldn't put the lap together, and qualifying exposed it,” Sainz said.

“I was just a bit all over the place, never really managing the put corners together doing the whole lap. Even though I felt quick in the corners that I managed to nail, I just couldn't put it together.

“So I’m disappointed, because I know a lap time was there if I do a good job. I know I could have gone through [to] Q3.

“But at the same time, I think this track has exposed us a bit in terms of that I still lack a bit of mileage, a bit of understanding from the car to exactly know what to expect and to know how to extract the absolute limit of it.”

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Sainz felt he could have gained a couple of tenths on his final Q2 lap that would have comfortably seen him progress to the final stage of qualifying, proving how close the field is in F1 this year.

“It's tight out there, and every single tenth counts,” Sainz said.

“But I know today I left two- or three-tenths on the table, just by my own means and my own brake balance issues, not managing to put together the balance that I wanted through every corner.

“But at the same time, it's early in the season. I've done very little laps with this car, and I still need to learn. I'm going through a learning curve right now, and I will try and improve.”

Read Also:

While Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc was able to qualify fourth, Sainz will have to claw his way back into the points on Sunday.

But he was upbeat about his chances, having better faith in his race pace than over one lap.

“I'm always a bit of a Sunday driver,” Sainz said.

“I always like doing a better job on Sunday. I'm quite confident in that regard and I am sure I can move forward tomorrow.”

shares
comments

Related video

Hamilton never expected to outqualify both Red Bulls at Emilia Romagna GP
Previous article

Hamilton never expected to outqualify both Red Bulls at Emilia Romagna GP

Next article

Giovinazzi critical of Mazepin not respecting F1 qualifying etiquette

Giovinazzi critical of Mazepin not respecting F1 qualifying etiquette
The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future Plus

The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future

Personable, articulate 
and devoid of the usual
 racing driver airs and graces,
 Nicholas Latifi is the last Formula 1 driver you’d expect to receive death threats, but such was the toxic legacy of his part in last year’s explosive season finale. And now, as ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains, he faces a battle to keep his place on the F1 grid…

The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes Plus

The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes

Modern grand prix drivers like to think the tyres they work with are unusually difficult and temperamental. But, says  MAURICE HAMILTON, their predecessors faced many of the same challenges – and some even stranger…

Formula 1
Aug 12, 2022
The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1 Plus

The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1

Gordon Murray's Brabham BT46B 'fan car' was Formula 1 engineering at perhaps its most outlandish. Now fan technology has been successfully utilised on the McMurtry Speirling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, could it be adopted by grand prix racing once again?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold Plus

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24 into a winning car with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. And now it’s happening again at his current team, but can the rate of progress be matched this year?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell Plus

Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior

Formula 1
Aug 9, 2022
The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat Plus

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat

After being ditched by McLaren earlier in his F1 career Sergio Perez fought his way back into a seat with a leading team. BEN EDWARDS thinks the same could be happening to another member of the current grid

Formula 1
Aug 8, 2022
How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay Plus

How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay

Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…

Formula 1
Aug 7, 2022
Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre? Plus

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre?

Formula 1 has ambitious goals for improving its carbon footprint, but could this include banishing its favoured composite material? PAT SYMONDS considers the alternatives to carbonfibre and what use, if any, those materials have in a Formula 1 setting

Formula 1
Aug 6, 2022