The best pole
It took almost an entire season for Carlos Sainz to reclaim a pole position, but the 28-year-old Spaniard could hardly have found a better location in which to earn the top spot on the grid. The Ferrari fans crowded in the stands at Monza erupted as he crossed the finish line, with #55 securing the pole position by a mere 13 milliseconds over the Red Bull of reigning world champion Max Verstappen.
It was a result desired and pursued by the the Spanish driver, who demonstrated his splendid adaptation to the SF-23 and the Monza track from yesterday’s first free practice session.
Riccardo Adami’s Comment
Carlos Sainz‘s joy is shared by his race engineer, Riccardo Adami, who had previously worked with Sebastian Vettel and has been associated with the Spaniard since his first year with the red suit. In a brief interview with Sky Sport F1 at the end of qualifying, the Italian engineer congratulated his driver, also emphasizing that even a brilliant lap like Sainz’s had a slight margin for improvement.
“Carlos did an excellent job,” Adami stated. “We decided to stick to our pace. In the second sector, he was very strong and could have done even better, so there is always room for improvement.”
Carlos Sainz Sr. was more talkative, also present in Monza with his son. The three-time Dakar winner and two-time WRC world champion expressed his happiness for Carlos. “I’m happy for Carlos,” he said. “It’s the result of the work done so far. But we must stay focused for tomorrow’s race. Securing pole position with Ferrari must be something special. The support of the fans also played a role in Ferrari’s pole, even though it’s not currently the top car in the championship. Advice? I can tell him never to give up and always believe in himself, today and every day. I know motorsport: there are many tough moments, and when a day like this arrives, you have to enjoy it,” he concluded.