Is Carlos Sainz Set to Miss Qualifying at Dutch GP?

Published 09/05/2021, 6:51 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard


Red flags have frequented the weekend in Zandvoort so far, and Carlos Sainz has added another incident to the list after his Ferrari crashed into the walls during FP3. With pieces of the car strewn across the track, it will be a race against time for the engineers at Ferrari to get the car back on the track in time for qualifying.

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Sainz lost control of the car towards turn 3, one of the corners of the dunes. In a moment of lost control, both sides of the car hit the wall, causing what looks like serious damage.

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Clearing second on the timesheets after FP2, the Spaniard was visibly disappointed after his crash. While no updates have been given yet, Ferrari is likely to send Sainz out on the track for the qualifying session.

Carlos Sainz on improving pace

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The Italian outfit is part of the neck and neck battle of the midfield with McLaren. And the Ferrari cars look to be offering a better pace than their rivals at Zandvoort. With an impressive 1-2 finish for FP2, Ferrari looks to stay dominant this weekend.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during practice REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Sainz commented on the improved pace of the car“We look to be on pace, definitely better than Spa. I think that the Mercedes and the Red Bull are still quicker especially when you look at the long run. You can that the red flag in the middle didn’t allow them to put a lap on the soft and maybe made us look quicker. Lando is also very quick with the McLaren. So I expect to have a good fight with McLaren again,” he said.

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While Sainz isn’t too optimistic about Ferrari’s chances to stay ahead of the top two contenders, he is sure about a compelling midfield battle. After FP3, Lando Norris outpaced Charles Leclerc, who stayed ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. With fluctuating results, qualifying is sure to be interesting if Sainz makes it out of the pit lane with a fixed Ferrari.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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