Sainz admitted to being too close to Tsunoda during his flyer but blamed his position relative to the Japanese driver on the congestion previously created by drivers “playing games” up ahead.
“Well, I started the lap too close to Yuki,” he explained. “There was a massive traffic jam in the last three corners like we all expected.
“But the FIA tried not to allow this to happen, but there was someone upfront playing games and we were all in a massive jam.”
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Like in Monaco, where Leclerc’s crash robbed him of a shot at pole, Sainz reckoned he was denied a chance to improve on his P5 starting position.
“I had doubts whether to try and do the corner and continue my lap or hit the brakes harder and avoid the crash. And in the end, by trying to do one or the other, I ended up crashing myself!
“A bit of a shame, because it shouldn’t have happened and it’s again another quali, another missed opportunity.”
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