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F1 | Monaco GP | Sainz on his last-minute crash: "I think I only picked up a puncture"

Carlos Sainz will start tomorrow's race in P2 as he achieved to out-qualified both Red Bulls. It was a very consistent qualifying session for the Spaniard, except for his last-minute crash with Sergio Perez as the Ferrari driver ran into him in turn 8 as he did not see that the Mexican had spun.

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F1 | Monaco GP | Sainz on his last-minute crash: "I think I only picked up a puncture"
Fuente imagen: Hasan Bratic - MotorLat

Qualifying has come to an end this weekend at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix. Home driver Charles Leclerc has added another pole position to his record after out-qualifying teammate Carlos Sainz, with a time of 1:11.376 and a difference of 0.225 seconds comparing to second place. In third place was Sergio "Checo" Perez, who managed to beat the one-time world champion and his teammate, Max Verstappen, however, the Mexican Red Bull Racing driver and the Spaniard Ferrari driver had quite a bittersweet end of the session, this due to the fact that the Mexican spun at turn 8 of the Monaco Circuit, before entering the tunnel section, hitting the retaining wall with his rear wing. As all the drivers were trying to improve their fastest lap since it was the last attempt that the drivers were going to have to see who was going to take pole position, Carlos Sainz was unable to avoid contact with the Mexican's RB18, also receiving damage. This coupled with another crash but at turn 5 by two-time world champion Fernando Alonso's Alpine, the drivers were unable to complete their last attempt.

The Spanish Ferrari driver achieved a time of 1:11.601 to end the session in second position, only behind his teammate. As already mentioned, the Spaniard's F1-75 did not come out of the session unscathed, as on his last Q3 lap attempt, Sainz ran into Perez's Red Bull head-on and ended up hitting it. These were some of the statements made by Carlos Sainz.



“First I was blind in turn 7 and the yellow flag is very far from your camp of vision because in that corner we are looking to the right so whatever happens there is pretty much out of your vision. I saw a single yellow [flag], I saw it very late when I was already carrying a lot of speed into the corner and once I realized I tried to press the brakes as much as I could. I also tried to ‘drift’ to don’t hit him.”

When asked about the damage on his F1-75, Carlos told the media: “I think I only picked up a puncture, so, apart from that, hopefully there is not more damage.”

“I think he [Sergio Perez] has been on a very good level this year, very consistent, very confident with the car, but there was data that said that I could have challenged him today, so I’m quite disappointed that for the second year in a row, I got caught with the red flag. We will see how it goes tomorrow. I don’t mind if the rain comes.”

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