Sainz Admits Ferrari F1 Confusion Over Poor Belgian GP Out

Published 09/02/2021, 12:42 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


We will remember the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix for a long time. Other than being the shortest race in history, it also had the least amount of action and a lot of waiting. But Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz will quickly want to forget about the weekend at Spa.

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Sainz could not qualify in the top-10 in the qualifying but managed to finish 10th. Unfortunately, he still doesn’t fully understand why he struggled so much in Belgium.

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We still don’t fully understand why we weren’t as fast: Carlos Sainz

As reported by Motorsport-Total, the Spaniard stated he did not expect to be so far behind in terms of performance in the wets at Spa. He stated he hopes the Spa weekend would be a one-off for the team.

“We still don’t fully understand why we weren’t as fast as we should have been in the wet. Especially when compared to Imola, where the car was amazing in the wet and we did some of the fastest laps in the race. And then all of a sudden we come to Spa and really have problems with the grip,” said Sainz.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

But the Ferrari driver is hoping to have a better weekend in Zandvoort than Spa.

“But we hope it’s a one-off and we hope we can get back on track at this track, be back in Q3 and hopefully be among the top eight again,” said Carlos. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Looking forward to race in Zandvoort

Carlos Sainz mentioned he is very much looking forward to racing in a newly modified circuit in Zandvoort. Sainz has previous experience of racing in the Netherlands and hopes for similar results.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix REUTERS/Florian Goga

“I remember it was one of my favorite tracks,” he says.

“So I can’t imagine how Formula 1 will feel here. It will be intense, unique, especially with the changes they have made. We can’t wait to hit the track,” concluded Carlos.

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Sainz is currently sixth in the standings with 83.5 points in the 2021 season and will look to add more to his tally at the Dutch Grand Prix.

Can Sainz get back in form in Zandvoort? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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