“I’m not very happy with the final result as I feel I could have done a better lap on the final attempt,” Sainz admitted in Ferrari’s media brief.
“However, I prefer to focus on the positives: we are in a good position for tomorrow, I’ve been comfortable in the car all weekend and we keep making steps in the right direction. I’m confident we can carry the good pace of Friday into the race, so we’ll definitely go for it.
“Congrats to George on his first pole. He did a very good lap today and I look forward to the battle tomorrow,” Sainz concluded.
Charles Leclerc struggled with tricky tyres
Charles Leclerc struggled in qualifying to get his tyres working properly, and as a result will start the race from third on the grid.
“It wasn’t a great session,” he said. “The tyres were very tricky in these conditions and I struggled to get them in the right window, especially in Q3.
“The pace is there and we know we have some work to do. I’m confident we can come back stronger tomorrow. Congratulations to George for his first pole position, it’s a special one!” Leclerc added.
Laurent Mekies, Ferrari’s Sporting Director reflected on his team’s qualifying: “It was an unusual qualifying, because after this morning’s rain, we found ourselves with a track that was no longer rubbered-in and the temperatures were much lower than yesterday’s, so it was a case of starting over again.
“Carlos and Charles progressed well through the three phases and, as we expected, in the end it was a fight to the nearest thousandths of a second.
Ferrari performed well as a team
“We thought we’d be up against Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, but in the end it was George Russell who took pole position, beating Carlos by a whisker. Congratulations to him and his team,” he added.
“Overall, we can be pleased with how we performed today, as we got a good team result, which puts us in a position from which we can aim to bring home the best possible result tomorrow,” Mekies continued. “Here at the track and back in Maranello, we will now analyse all the data, as conditions for tomorrow’s Grand Prix should be similar and we’re not yet completely satisfied with where we are right now.
“I expect it will be a thrilling fight between three teams tomorrow and we want to be in the thick of it,” the Sporting Director predicted.