It seemed that this Saturday Carlos Sainz he could repeat the great classification he signed in the past Italian GP in Monza, where he was sixth. Max verstappen he had trouble being quick with his Red bull throughout the weekend, and Charles it seemed to have solved the understeer it suffered on Friday. The Spanish faced the ‘qualy’ of the Russian F1 GP after being third in FP3, with great sensations. However, the Spaniard assured that conditions changed enough on the track so that his feelings worsened at the wheel of the Mclaren in classification. Some threatening clouds brushed the circuit, even Pérez claimed to have seen some drops on his helmet. This changed everything according to the Spanish.
“It was a difficult qualifying. The car was not the same as in Free Practice 3, there was a tailwind at Turn 2, when in Free Practice 3 we were facing it. Perhaps because of the clouds and the rain that was coming, the track has changed a lot and that has affected us more than we expected, ”Carlos said in a statement to‘ Movistar F1 ’.
Despite the unexpected difficulties, the Madrilenian tried with success. He reserved a soft tire for Q3 with a very good first lap in Q1. He was also among the best in Q2, but in the final phase of qualifying, Verstappen put all the meat on the spit to be second and Perez (4th) and Ricciardo (5th) beat Madrid.
“I was able to go to Q2 with a single tire, which was the goal and I had the advantage of having two tires in Q3, however it was difficult for me. I’m happy with the car and I’m happy with my balance, but due to the change in conditions, it was difficult for me to do a lap. I could, but it was difficult. 1’31”3, 31”8 … when you give them five games, they all end up taking potential out of the car. I imagine that this change in conditions has affected us all, as well as some in a positive way ”, he added. Charles.
“You have to be happy. We know that Renault Y Racing point They were going a bit faster, maybe FP3 made us believe in something else, but then qualifying came and Ricciardo has made turns and Perez it has been fast. That has reset us, ”said Sainz, who in the face of the race, will go all out despite how difficult it is to overtake in Sochi and at the best long-run rhythm by Pérez and Ricciardo. The Spanish will have to make another great start to qualify for another great result. “That does not mean that tomorrow we cannot fight in the race. As always, I will go out with the will and see what we can achieve ”, he concluded.