The Spaniard constructed up his tempo over the course of the weekend and knew he needed to take extra dangers when it mattered come qualifying.
Sainz was quickest after the primary runs, regardless of a detailed brush with the wall. Nevertheless, in making an attempt too laborious to get an ideal final lap in he made a mistake that finally dropped him to fourth on the grid behind Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc and Purple Bull duo Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen.
“It is irritating particularly once you see the observe evolution that there was within the second run in Q3, with the observe temp dropping and the observe gripping up,” he mentioned when requested about his final lap by Autosport.
“It is what occurs once you go and discover the restrict, what occurs when you’re making an attempt your self on the market. Already the primary lap of Q3 I had a few very tight moments with the wall, and doubtless the second making an attempt to scrub all the pieces up, I truly did a mistake.
“It price me fairly a bit, however I am nonetheless within the struggle, I am nonetheless making progress, so I will take the positives.
“Baku is like this, it is correct on the restrict, and it’s in all probability the place I am missing a little bit of expertise with this automotive, to be correctly on the restrict or precisely the place to search out the final tenth in quali in Q3 run two.
“However the vital factor is that I used to be there, that I’m making progress, and that for tomorrow I believe we’re within the struggle, and we’ve got an excellent likelihood to get better.”
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
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Sainz had lagged behind Leclerc on the timing screens throughout follow earlier than making his mark in Q3.
“I am pondering a little bit of margin on Fridays and FP3s simply to ensure I perceive the automotive earlier than pushing it to the restrict,” he mentioned. “After a few moments in the previous few races, I’ve determined to take a bit this strategy.
“And truthfully, doing follow I all the time felt inside attain, I simply knew I wanted to take a bit extra dangers in qualifying, and as quickly as I began taking them, I used to be in a struggle with Charles and the 2 Purple Bulls. It is simply that final run that I simply wished to discover a bit extra, and there wasn’t.”
Sainz opted to do his Q3 runs with out the advantage of a tow, having weighed up the professionals and cons.
“Truthfully, it was my name,” he admitted. “The entire quali had been fairly constant when it comes to observe positioning and tyre preparation.
“So I knew I used to be giving round a tenth and a half on the primary straight due to this, however tyre preparation and clear air in entrance can also be vital, and it was my objective to go forward and attempt to get clear laps in.
“So we’ll analyse it and possibly the opposite was the higher name, however I imply the error was made, not the observe place.”