Carlos Sainz achieved the best starting position in his Formula 1 career after finishing second in the qualifications for the Russian Grand Prix, and he wants to keep that position in order to fight with his former teammate.
The Spaniard was very close to the pole position in the final qualifying round where Lando Norris set the fastest time. Looking towards the race, the Ferrari driver hopes to start well and get to the second corner as the first.
Sainz did not have the best qualifiers until the last qualifying round in the last session, because he passed Q2 in a difficult way, and before the chaos he was in a discreet ninth place. However, the Spaniard took the opportunity and thanks to a great lap on the tires for dry conditions (soft) reached second place.
The Ferrari driver admitted that it was not an easy day and welcomes the team's strategy in choosing the right time to switch to the softest tire component available in Russia.
The SF21 is more competitive this weekend than at Monza, so he sees the race as a good oportunity "It was very complicated.
Right after the second qualifying session I saw that dry tires could be put on, and that was a good strategy along with a good lap." He is obviously impatient before a race that could be very important "Unfortunately, we were the first to cross the finish line.
I want to fight tomorrow and have a good time, "said Sainz. "We look a bit stronger this weekend and although we have problems to solve, we have been competitive in dry conditions," he added. Sainz is confident that a good lee at the start will allow him to overtake Norris and take first place.
However, starting in the dirty zone is always a disadvantage in Russia, so they will have to quickly catch the first-placed driver and fight for the leading position. "I hope that I will be able to catch Lando or at least get a good lee because going on the dirty side on this track severely punishes you.
I hope to have a good lee and who knows, maybe I can overtake him, "said Sainz. The Ferrari driver admitted that it was not an easy day and welcomes the team's strategy in choosing the right time to switch to the softest tire component available in Russia.
Obviously Sainz is full of confidence and thinks his car can be competitive. Sainz will have a good chance this time, but it is necessary to be ready to the maximum and focused, because every race is important in the fight for top positions.