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F1 | Abu Dhabi GP | Carlos Sainz on helping Leclerc: "If he needs it, I will give him my hand"

Sainz wants to finish the season in a high but is willing to help Leclerc if the Monegasque needs it.

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F1 | Abu Dhabi GP | Carlos Sainz on helping Leclerc: "If he needs it, I will give him my hand"
Fuente imagen: Scuderia Ferrari

Carlos Sainz Jr will start tomorrow´s season finale in Abu Dhabi from the fourth place behind teammate Charles Leclerc.

The Spanish driver was quite happy with the qualifying, although regretted not finding the right window to make his tyres work during the last run due to the heavy traffic.

“Quite pleased with the whole qualy really. I was really fast all the way through a bit of a shame for that last Q3 attempt where I was stuck behind Lando and Alpine doing slower outlaps than we were doing.

"And, in the end, it meant I couldn´t get the tyres quite in the sweet spot, and I struggled a bit during the whole lap. Overall, I think it was a strong quali, and we picked up quite a bit of pace from free practice.”

Sainz believes the Ferraris are not so off pace considering Red Bull has been dominant all weekend but also accepts their focus is Mercedes too.

To be just two or three tenths off Red Bull... I think they just dominated the whole weekend and they were quicker than us in every run in quali. We did come closer but they still had the upper hand.

"It normally means that in the race they should be a bit quicker, but it is true we will put the under pressure in the race. We will try and beat them. But our focus is also with Mercedes.”

Ferrari has worked hard on the long runs, according to Sainz, and they expect a strong fight with both Red Bull and Mercedes during the race.

“We´ve been working hard you saw us yesterday and today with the long runs trying to understand the tyre and the balance.

"It´s not easy. Red Bull was a lot quicker yesterday in the long runs and we tried and pick up some pace today. We did but is it enough to beat them? I don´t know.

"They´ve just been very dominant all weekend and also Mercedes normally in the race are quicker so it will be an interesting fight where we are.”

Teammate Leclerc is in the midst of a very tight battle for the second place with Sergio Perez. Sainz admits that if he is in a position to help and the team asks him so. He will give his teammate a helping hand. However, he remains focus to finish his season on a high.

“If he needs it I will give him my hand. I will focus on my own race and try to finish the season with a podium or on a high. And if the team ask me to let him by or help him If I am with Checo, I will do so.”

“We need to play by the moment, see where everyone is at what time. I´ve never had a problem with letting anyone by. I don´t think it should be a problem for me.”

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