The Ferrari driver is ranging from the entrance row of the grid alongside Lando Norris after benefiting from a change to slick tyres within the ultimate phases of Q3 on Saturday.
And whereas there’s little doubt that the Mercedes and Crimson Bull beginning behind are clearly forward in general race tempo phrases, the character of the Sochi circuit may make it tough for them to use their velocity in the event that they get trapped behind different automobiles.
That has given Sainz some hope that if he and Norris can break away on the entrance then they are able to do one thing to carry on till the top.
“It is a unusual circuit this one – as a result of clearly race tempo is necessary and we have to see how simple it’s to overhaul,” defined the Spaniard. “Usually previously it has been fairly difficult.
“Clearly now we have the 2 Mercs [Bottas has now taken a grid penalty] and the Crimson Bull which can be going to be pushing us so much.
“They’re clearly, round right here, half a second to at least one second faster than us – so in some unspecified time in the future they’ll put stress on us and we might want to see if we are able to preserve ourselves forward.
“Clearly the goal is to complete forward of them, attempt to get Lando at first – though I’m beginning on the soiled aspect, he’s no less than beginning on the clear aspect – and see from there if we are able to race onerous and have some enjoyable on the entrance.”
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari, within the submit Qualifying Press Convention
Photograph by: FIA Pool
Whereas second place on the grid has typically been the perfect place to begin the Russian Grand Prix from, due to the slipstream profit all the way down to Flip 2, Sainz thinks an excellent getaway for him won’t be really easy.
In addition to the destructive of beginning on the soiled aspect of the monitor, Sainz is nicely conscious that Ferrari doesn’t have the perfect straightline velocity in comparison with the McLaren and Williams automobiles round him.
Talking concerning the possibilities of getting forward of Norris after the beginning, Sainz mentioned: “I feel there’s two choices.
“I both get an excellent getaway and it is a direct race into Flip 2, or, if not, clearly I will have to attempt to discover a slipstream, as a result of we all know we aren’t the quickest on the straights and we have to discover some tow, some draft, as a result of if not, it should be a future down from Flip 1.
“However it’s thrilling. I have been sharing rows with this man [Norris] just about the final two years in System 1, so we all know very nicely one another.
“Hopefully we are able to have an excellent begin, each, and preserve pulling away as a result of there’s going to be the blokes behind coming, and that is going to be when the enjoyable begins.”