If for Charles Leclerc the outcome of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix is a pity, for Carlos Sainz it is a dilapidation. Dilapidation of a package that made Ferrari the third force in Hungary. Instead, qualifying at the Hungaroring turned its back on the Maranello team, which is now forced to attempt a recovery race on a circuit allergic to overtaking. The fault of a spin at the last corner, 6:40 from the end of Q2: car in the wall and with conspicuous damage, red flag and an end to the qualifying session. The driver, unharmed, tried to bring the pieces back to the pits but it was impossible: he will have to hope that his 15th place on the starting grid does not turn into something worse if changes to his SF21 are necessary.
These are the words of the Spaniard, who did not hide the bitterness for the third knockout in Q2 in the last four qualifying sessions, and – while not looking for an excuse – the crash was explained only by the gusts of wind at that point of the track:
“Today the conditions were not easy, but they were difficult for everyone, so I don’t want to use them as an excuse. I am surprised at what happened. Back in the pits, I immediately went to see what I could do differently. But seeing the data, I entered the corner 5 km / h slower than in Q1, so I wasn’t too aggressive. And even though I entered the corner more slowly, there was a gust of wind of 35-40 km / h, while in Q1 it was 10 km / h. This perhaps caused me to oversteer. That’s not an excuse, it’s just the data. I have to learn from this and I want apologize to the whole team because we will have so much work to do tomorrow. Problems with the gearbox? I don’t know, it’s too early to know, ”he told Sky Sport F1. “As always I tried to restart to see if there was any solution, but in the end the best thing to do was to stop. A comeback race? It will be difficult, it is not easy to overtake here. The start and the strategy will count a lot. If we do well in both, we can maybe take a few points. But more than that I think it will be difficult to achieve “. – Scuderia Ferrari Spanish driver Carlos Sainz concluded.