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Sainz explains where he missed out on pole to Russell

Carlos Sainz looked to be on course to secure pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix, but missed out to George Russell. The Ferrari driver still hopes to be able to pose a challenge from P2 on the grid.

Carlos Sainz has explained where he missed out on pole position to George Russell in the final moments of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Sainz had initially looked to be on course to secure P1 on the grid, with teammate Charles Leclerc unable to match his time. However, it was Russell who caused a surprise by taking his debut pole in Formula 1, pushing Sainz down to P2. Despite this, Sainz admits that he has been feeling more comfortable with the Ferrari throughout the weekend at the Hungaroring. "[I'm] feeling better and better every race and every qualifying session," Sainz said after qualifying. "Today, I felt like I had the pace to do a pole position. It went away from us there in the last sector with a few snaps through the lap. "But congratulations to George, because he must have done a pretty good lap there. We will race from P2 tomorrow."

Sainz remains hopeful he can fight for win

After taking his first win in F1 at the British Grand Prix earlier in July, Sainz remains confident that he can battle for victory at the Hungaroring on Sunday. "I think we have the pace," the Spaniard added. "Obviously, the start and the tyre management will play a key role like always. The Mercedes' pace is a bit of an unknown, and we will have to see how the race plays out tomorrow. "If we can get them at the start then better, but I think it will be an exciting race."

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