Both Ferrari drivers were successful in getting their F1-75s through to the third qualifying session. At the start of the final grid-deciding part, it seemed like Carlos Sainz was going to be taking home the first pole position in F1 with a lap time of 1’41”814.
However starting his final lap, he lost the car in turn two and just managed to avoid hitting the wall. Nonetheless, he was 0.4s after the first split compared to his opening run and any hope of improving went out the window. He would see his time from the first runs be beaten by his teammate and the two Red Bulls.
Sainz was feeling upbeat about his day after qualifying, though.
"It was quite a positive day on my side despite the final result. I felt better in the car and more comfortable when pushing the limits. We progressed well through the sessions and I found myself quickest before the last run.
“It was extremely close at the top and I knew I had to take that extra bit of risk on the last attempt. Sometimes it goes well and sometimes, like today, you miss out on a better result,” he told the media following qualifying.
He also agreed with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in saying that results in Baku are uncertain and anything can happen.
“Unlike other circuits, the starting position is not that critical here in Baku and anything can happen tomorrow. We’ll try to attack and gain positions during the race to bring home a strong result. The team gave us a great car again today so congrats to everyone and to Charles."