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F1 | British GP | Carlos Sainz thought pole lap was “nothing special”

Carlos Sainz celebrates narrowly beating Verstappen to claim his maiden pole position having secured P1 for Ferrari in a rain soaked Silverstone

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F1 | British GP | Carlos Sainz thought pole lap was “nothing special”
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A humble Carlos Sainz was surprised to claim his first pole position ahead of his 150th Grand Prix start, as the Spaniard struggled with the handling of his Ferrari in the wet conditions during qualifying. After thanking the applauding Silverstone crowd for their cheers, and braving the elements Sainz discussed his pole lap.

“Thank you very much. First of all thank you to the whole crowd for cheering and thanks everyone for staying out there with this rain. Spaniards struggle a little more with the rain but you can tell you guys are used to it”  He joked, before discussing his performance.

“It was a good lap, but I was struggling a lot with the standing water on the intermediates. There was a lot of standing water on the racing line and it was very easy to get snaps and lose the lap. Also more difficult to get temperature in the intermediate with this condition.

“In the end I put together a lap that I thought was nothing special. Just put it on the board and see how it is, and it was pole position which came as a surprise.”

He went on to elaborate on why he felt his lap was not ideal, but explained that everyone on track faces the same difficulties with the conditions.

“It was such a difficult condition that you always feel like you have left yourself margin, or you make a few mistakes here and there. It always happens in these conditions, everyone is going through the same hurdles as you.

“Everyone is struggling to go through the puddles with the tyres, to put the tyres up to temperature, to not [make] mistakes. So you always think that you have a lot of lap time in hand, so you could have gone a lot quicker but I’m sure it’s the same for everyone out there.”

Asked if he believes he will be capable of converting his first pole position into a maiden race victory in tomorrow’s Grand Prix, Sainz seemed confident in his ability and the pace he has had so far during the weekend.

“I think [we can convert it to victory]. The pace has been there all weekend except for Fp3 where we had some issues that we think we have corrected for quali. If I base myself on my Fp2 pace then we should be in a good position to try and hold onto it. 

“I’m sure Max [Verstappen] and Charles [Leclerc] will put a lot of pressure, but I will try my best of course.”

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