Sainz’s qualy ‘snowballed into a disaster’

Date published: July 14 2019 - Michelle Foster


Failing to make it out of Q2, Carlos Sainz says he knew from the start of his flying lap that something wasn’t right and from there it “snowballed into a disaster”.

The McLaren driver will line up 13th on the Silverstone grid while his team-mate Lando Norris is eighth.

His best time in Q2, a 1:26.578, was 0.175s shy of making it through to the pole position shoot-out.

“I just felt immediately when I went into Turn 3 I had no rear end in the car,” Sainz said.

“I knew it was going to be a tough lap, and it just snowballed into a disaster.”

A lack of rear end grip has been a problem for Sainz throughout the British Grand Prix weekend.

He explained: “It’s been a bit of a difficult weekend for me, never quite feeling the rear end from the car.

“But apart from that Q1 was very positive, I was feeling like we could have a good qualifying, and then I just went slower with every set.

“I did a 1m26.2s on the first set, and then 1m26.3s, 1m26.5s and 1m26.7s at the end.

“So I just went slower and slower without really knowing why.”

He added: “Normally you improve half a second from Q1 to Q2, but I managed to lose half a second.

“So it’s difficult to explain, and not surprising because we definitely felt [it was] very tricky out there. But we need to explain why.

“Tomorrow should be better, but today I’m definitely not happy.

“Today it’s time to analyse why today was such a disaster in terms of why the balance of the car was changing so much in qualifying – but also knowing tomorrow is going to be an interesting day and we can move forward.”

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