Carlos Sainz: Pressure was not a part in recent crashes

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Pressure may have probably played a part in several of Carlos Sainz’s problems thus far in 2022, according to Ferrari squad chief Mattia Binotto. However, the Spaniard this perspective.

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Carlos Sainz has rejected that stress played a part in his accidents in the 2022 Formula One season’s first races.

The Spaniard had a terrible week at the Australian Grand Prix, spinning out on Lap 3 after a tough qualifying session that saw him start in P9.

Sainz wrecked out of testing in Q2 two weeks later at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, but recovered to finish fourth in Saturday’s Sprint.

Sainz may still be trying to cope with the strain of getting behind the wheel capable of winning, according to Ferrari squad chief Mattia Binotto, who said earlier in the race at Imola.

“I think that’s a matter of managing the pressure,” Binotto told media, including RacingNews365.com.

“Maybe [for] the first time in his career, he’s got a car which is fast enough to compete for the best positions.

“He simply needs to get used to that, but he will do it very quickly, because I know how smart and how capable he is to manage the pressure.”

Pressure, according to Sainz, did not cause problems

Sainz, on the other hand, claims that stress was not the reason of his mistakes and that he was merely trying to get used to the car.

“I don’t think [the] mistake was [caused by] pressure,” Sainz said of his crash in qualifying at Imola.

“I knew I had already done a very good banker lap to go to Q3. I was just trying out there, to try different lines, different balance. I’m still out there trying and hustling with the car to try and find my groove.

“I wasn’t actually pushing that much, and I made a mistake that in these [wet] conditions can happen.

“But you asked me, did I feel pressure? No, it was Q2. I was playing around with the car and made a mistake.”

Sainz found the crash in Imola “painful”

Despite this, Sainz confesses that the Imola accident was hard to process and that he is still discovering how to handle challenging situations.

“[It was] very painful,” he explained.

“I’m not going to hide it, it was a very negative day for me. It’s how it goes sometimes in sport, you have bad moments and [it] was definitely a low for me.

“I keep trying to learn from them, and keep trying to make myself stronger from them. The important thing is that we bounced back solidly.”

After a crash with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo on the opening lap of the Grand Prix, Sainz was disqualified.

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