"We have a problem"

Sainz starts 12th at Spielberg, pending the rain and the Ferrari: "In France the pace was also very good on Friday and then it was really bad"


Carlos Sainz was left out of Q3 for the second time this season, as in Ímola. "Feeling" was lacking, said the Madrid rider, who encountered problems in the front end of the SF21 since Saturday morning. The advantage, which will choose tire for the start and part 12th. If you have a race with excessive degradation, that can work in your favor, although you never know with the Ferrari. And if it rains, as expected (80% probability in the race), having enough downforce on the car will also help. At Paul Ricard he signed a great Saturday, was fifth, and left without points. Perhaps in Spielberg it is the other way around. AS spoke with him after Q2.

— What did you lack during the weekend in general, and in Q2 in particular?

— From Free Practice 3 I have lost feeling a bit with the front of the car and we have gone backwards. Unfortunately we have a problem with the front wheels in qualifying and it is costing us. But that's what there is. We are not doing very well on this circuit either, the McLaren and Alpha Tauri are getting us two or three tenths.

— In the balance between leaving downforce to take care of the tires or removing it to run on the straights, how are you here?

— We have left a bit of load, to see if that helps and also in case it rains. Although we do not believe that is the reason. What can help us is that the circuit is different and that is why the front wheels do not degrade so much.

— For the race, the pace in long runs was good according to what it said on Friday…

— It was also at Paul Ricard. It is not known, we do not know what will happen tomorrow. I hope I can go forward, but in France on Friday the pace was very good and then in the race it was really bad. I hope that does not happen, that we change the trend and although we have fared a little worse in qualifying, we can do better in the race.

— What career do you imagine?

— The race, clear enough to a stop. And then I hope you can overtake. With this car it is difficult, because we are not the fastest on the straight, but I hope that the new wheel at the beginning of the 'stint' will allow us to go forward.

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