He may be Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader but Carlos Sainz Jr insists his Saturday pole position and race win were unexpected.
Speaking shortly before his demonstration laps in the Red Bull RB7, a prize for leading the title charge, the Red Bull youngster spoke of his qualifying laps and converting his pole position for the fifth time this season.
“To be honest, the pole this morning was a bit unexpected because we had the pace but not enough to play for the pole”, he said. “The race is always different but I was delighted with our pace”.
After a slight delay, caused by persistent fog around the Nurburgring, Sainz Jr claimed his sixth pole position of the FR3.5 championship in the morning. Capitalising on a mistake made by Fortec Motorsport's Sergey Sirotkin and further aided by a lack of pit stop strategies, the Spaniard was untouched, leading from the front.
“It was difficult to widen the gap in the early rounds with the yellow flags”, he explained. “I had to bring the car home because I wanted to avoid at all costs, making a mistake”.
After enduring a difficult Saturday, including a twentieth place finish, title contender Pierre Gasly is now fifty-eight points adrift with seven races remaining. So far, the Arden Motorsport driver has four podiums to his credit.