Sainz misplaced management within the center a part of the Ascari chicane and had a heavy head-on affect with a single-layer tyre barrier on the left-hand facet of the monitor, which wiped the nostril off his Ferrari and broken its entrance suspension.
It was the Spaniard’s second crash in two weekends, after he shunted out of FP3 at Zandvoort’s banked Flip 3.
The automobile was repaired in time for the 18-lap dash race, the place Sainz completed one place behind team-mate Charles Leclerc in seventh.
Talking concerning the “fairly heavy affect” after the dash, he defined that he was “scared that the chassis was going to be broken” which triggered his confidence to dip.
“Actually, the boldness was not very excessive after the crash, I misplaced the automobile in such a bizarre method and in such an surprising manner after I wasn’t even pushing that the boldness takes fairly a giant hit,” he mentioned.
“However after that within the dash quali, I took my time to rebuild the boldness to take it simple 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.”
Requested by Autosport if the crew had been capable of present any solutions as to why he abruptly misplaced management, Sainz careworn that it remained a thriller.
“It is vitally tough to identify something on information, and to truthfully clarify it myself,” he mentioned.
“It is a type of unusual ones that I’ll most likely look again on it the remainder of my life considering, ‘What what occurred there?’
Marshals with the automobile of Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21
Picture by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images
“It is a bizarre factor, it isn’t the primary time that occurs with this automobile with myself, I’ve misplaced this automobile on the rear a few instances. So there should be most likely one thing occurring that I am not totally feeling beneath me.
“However I am nonetheless pushing onerous, 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 automobile absolutely beneath me but there.”
Sainz added that his crash occurred in a spot the place he wouldn’t normally count on to go off and had prompted him to query whether or not he wants to vary his driving model “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 an odd one,” he mentioned.
“I have been struggling truthfully there the entire weekend in that nook with the rear, however you by no means count on to lose it in the course of the nook the best way I did it.
“So [it’s] one thing to know, one thing particularly for me to look into and see if I can preserve understanding the automobile 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 effective edge on this automobile, the rear is typically a bit free within the mid-corner and that is the place I’ve misplaced the automobile just about in the previous few instances.
“I really feel like I can push it onerous on entries. However the mid-corner is one thing that it has caught me without warning and that I must look into.”