Hungarian Grand Prix – Renault’s Carlos Sainz claimed a stunning P5 in qualifying on Saturday, only beaten by the two Ferraris & Mercedes drivers.
Sainz was consistently one of the main stars of Saturday’s mixed conditions qualifying hour, and ended up as the highest placed Renault powered driver as the two Red Bull drivers struggled.
Sainz ended up in a league of his own in Q3, being half a second off the pace of the nearest car in front, that of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, but still almost a second clear of Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly.
“What an intense qualifying!” beamed Sainz afterwards. “I’m really happy with today’s performance and it is great when things come together! Only having the Mercedes and the Ferraris in front is a very good sign of how well we managed these conditions. We took a bit of a gamble staying out with the same set of tyres in Q3.”
“This meant I was able to post a very strong time even if the tyre performance wasn’t there to improve with my final lap. I was really happy when I saw P3 on the board, and P5 at the end of the session is a pretty good feeling too. Points however are given out tomorrow. Tyre strategy and the start will be specially important but I’m confident we can have a strong race.”