Sainz: Q2 will be a headache and a challenge

Michelle Foster
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With little between Pirelli’s softs and mediums, Carlos Sainz says drivers are facing a “headache” deciding what tyres to use in Q2.

Silverstone is hosting back-to-back grands prix with Pirelli opting to bring tyres that are a step softer to the second race, this weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

The drivers spent Friday learning all they can about the tyres with the C4s wearing fast while also showing very little improvement with regards to lap time compared to the medium tyres, the C3s.

With many of the drivers complaining after just a handful of laps that the soft tyres were already going off the boil, Sainz says it is going to be a “headache” for those making it into Q2 to decide what tyres to use.

Drivers have to start the grand prix on whatever tyres they use for their fastest lap in Q2.

“I think it’s going to be definitely a bit of a headache for everyone especially coming to Q2, deciding what you’re going to do,” said the McLaren driver.

“It’s not so much if you can go to Q3 in the soft or the medium, it’s just what you prefer to start the race on, independently from if you go through or not.

“It’s going to be a bit of a challenge, a lot of thinking.”

He added: “I like it, honestly, I do enjoy having a different tyre choice to last week because… the engineers, the drivers, the mechanics the set ups, it challenges everyone.

“So let’s embrace it and take the right choices from now on until the weekend.”

Finishing Friday’s practice down in ninth place with his team-mate Lando Norris one position ahead, Sainz concedes if there is one weakness this year’s McLaren has it is running on the softest tyres.

“[It’s] very, very tough, there’s a lot of blistering a lot of graining in all four tyres and we’re just out there surviving,” he said.

“We know it’s a weakness of our car and our team to handle the softest ranges so we want to make sure we had enough track time and also because later in the weekend we’re probably going to need the harder compounds.”

Sainz finished last Sunday’s British GP down in 14th place after a front left tyre failure on the final lap of the grand prix.

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