Sainz: Confidence took massive hit after 'bizarre' FP2 crash

Carlos Sainz says he went into Saturday’s dash race at Monza together with his confidence weakened following his “bizarre” crash earlier within the day in FP2.

Sainz misplaced management in the course of the Ascari chicane and suffered a “fairly heavy affect” with the within wall that considerably broken the entrance finish of his Ferrari.

Though the Scuderia’s crews repaired the SF21 in time for the afternoon dash, Sainz – who additionally crashed in FP3 at Zandvoort per week in the past – approached the 30-minute race on the again foot.

“Actually, the arrogance was not very excessive after the crash, I misplaced the automotive in such a bizarre method and in such an surprising manner once I wasn’t even pushing that the arrogance takes fairly an enormous hit,” he admitted.

“However after that within the dash quali, I took my time to rebuild the arrogance to take it straightforward little-by-little, and I managed to go little-by-little into constructing that confidence that permits me to enter tomorrow a bit extra motivated.”


Sainz could not pinpoint precisely why he had misplaced management however admitted to struggling now and again to grasp the rear finish of his SF21.

“It is vitally troublesome to identify something on knowledge, and to actually clarify it myself,” he mentioned.

“It is a kind of unusual ones that I’ll in all probability look again on it the remainder of my life considering, ‘What what occurred there?’

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“It is a bizarre factor, it isn’t the primary time that occurs with this automotive with myself, I’ve misplaced this automotive on the rear a few occasions. So there have to be in all probability one thing occurring that I am not fully feeling beneath me.

“However I am nonetheless pushing laborious, I am nonetheless making an attempt to be fast, and the race positively helped me to rebuild a bit that confidence to try to perceive what’s what is going on on.

“However in Flip 8, Flip 9, Flip 10 [the Ascari chicane complex] I used to be very weak within the race, and I might really feel that that I haven’t got the automotive absolutely beneath me but there.”

Sainz wasn’t certain whether or not the issued lied together with his automotive or with one thing that he wants to alter in his driving “to possibly shield myself a bit from that”.

“I’ve by no means, by no means had a second there, and I by no means actually crashed there or something, so a wierd one,” he mentioned.

“I have been struggling actually there the entire weekend in that nook with the rear, however you by no means anticipate to lose it in the course of the nook the way in which I did it.

“So [it’s] one thing to grasp, one thing particularly for me to look into and see if I can hold understanding the automotive on the rear, attempt to really feel the rear axle a bit higher within the mid-corner. As a result of as I mentioned, it isn’t the primary time that it occurs.

“It is a high quality edge on this automotive, the rear is typically a bit free within the mid-corner and that is the place I’ve misplaced the automotive just about in the previous few occasions.

“I really feel like I can push it laborious on entries. However the mid-corner is one thing that it has caught me without warning and that I must look into.”

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