Carlos Sainz Jr will start tomorrow´s Hungarian Gp from the second place behind pole sitter George Russell. The Ferrari driver set the second fastest with 1:17.421 only +0.044 behind the Brit and ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc who finished third.
After the session, Sainz Jr. talked to Naomi Schiff and explained he is feeling more comfortable with the car every session and believed he had the pace to set the pole. The Spanish driver acknowledged Russell´s lap and expects to fight from P2.
“Feeling better and better every race and every qualifying session. Today, I felt I had the pace to do a pole position. It went that way from us. There in the last sector with a few snaps through the lap but yeah… congratulations to George because he must have done a pretty good lap there. We will race from P2 tomorrow.”
Consulted over the difficulties the Hungaroring has when it comes to overtaking. The Spanish driver remains confident for tomorrow highlighting tire management and the start as key.
“I think we have the pace. Obviously, the start and tyre management will play a key role. Like always the Mercedes pace is a bit of an unknown. We will have to see how the race plays out tomorrow and if we can get them at the start the better but I think it will be an exciting race.”
About his last lap he explained to Sky Sports his feelings on his laps and the surprise of being beaten by George.
“Honestly, my lap in Q3 was good at the beginning and then in the second run of Q3 it was nothing special and as soon as I cross the finish line I knew someone was going to beat that, I had done a few mistakes during the lap and I knew I was not going to be on pole. I was pretty…not happy straightaway. The thing is I expected to be beaten by someone else not by George.”