Carlos Sainz fishes first line in the chaos of the Monaco classification

Carlos Sainz fishes first line in the chaos of the Monaco classification

The Monaco Grand Prix is ​​usually decided largely on Saturday and in this edition the classification has not disappointed. The Ferraris have confirmed the predictions, although Carlos Sainz and other drivers have not been able to avoid an accident in the final seconds.

One more year, the classification of the Monaco Grand Prix has developed with incidents in the final moments. If in 2021 it was Charles Leclerc, the poleman provisional, which was too optimistic in his last attempt, this time it was two of the applicants to take it off (and Fernando Alonso, who also had an accident).

Y Carlos Sainz has been involved, since Sergio Pérez has been found crossed in the Portier curve, the one that leads to the Monaco tunnel, and he has not been able to avoid contacting his Red Bull. The Mexican aspired to steal first place from the Monegasque Ferrari, but he has lost the rear of his car and the Spaniard has not been able to see the yellow flag waved by the stewards in time.

“The car has been amazing all weekend, so we will try it”

“Perez went into the wall right in front of me when I was on my fastest lap. I have seen the yellow flag just before turn 8, I had to stop and try to avoid him as best as possible»said Carlos Sainz at the end of the qualifying session.

“It’s a shame, another year a red flag interrupts the end of the session and we can’t fight for pole position. It is Monaco in its purest form”, admitted the Ferrari driver who, in any case, has secured a place on the front line.

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Victory options for Sainz

The second position on the grid will allow Carlos Sainz to aspire to everything on Sunday, although to have a chance of victory two things will have to happen: that the Madrid native starts better than his teammate and that Ferrari does not carry out team orders later.

“Yes, I think so,” said Carlos Sainz when asked if he thought he could have fought for pole. “We have had a good pace all day. We have been increasing the pace little by little, but we will never know. I felt good with the car today.”

Finally, Leclerc took pole with 0.226 seconds ahead of Sainz. In turn, the Spaniard was ahead of Pérez by 28 thousandths and Max Verstappen by 65 thousandths

“We will have to finish the job tomorrow. We are in a good position to get a good result for the team, the car has been amazing all weekend. So we’ll give it a try.”concluded a confident Carlos Sainz, who in Monaco has been much more confident with the Ferrari F1-75 than in Barcelona a week before.

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