Carlos Sainz managed to limit the consequences of his ten-place grid penalty in the best possible way, with a second fastest time. He will start the race in twelfth position.
It is unfortunate that Sainz received a grid penalty in Las Vegas, especially when Ferrari seems to be very competitive. The damage to his car was beyond his control, and he once again expressed his frustration about the unfair penalty after qualifying.
“I would have liked to take pole position because that would have meant that I would have started the race eleventh instead of twelfth, but I think that was the highest possible today,” said Sainz during the interviews in the parc ferm.
“This is a great achievement by the entire team. We dominated qualifying together, after having to rebuild the entire car on Friday.”
Unfortunately, Sainz has to start the race in twelfth instead of second place due to his grid penalty.
“I would have liked to fight with Charles and Max for the win, but unfortunately I have to play catch-up,” Sainz concluded.