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Carlos Sainz

Sainz explains why Baku DNF has given him an extra problem

Ferrari suffered a nightmare day at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with Carlos Sainz retiring only nine laps in due to a hydraulic problem, while Charles Leclerc recorded a DNF a little later on. Sainz admits that the latest incident has provided him with an additional issue.

Carlos Sainz
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Carlos Sainz admits that his latest retirement at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix has added to his problem of not being able to build momentum in the 2022 season.

The Spaniard pulled off the track on Lap 9 of the event due to his Ferrari suffering a hydraulic issue, marking his third DNF of the campaign.

There have been other struggles for Sainz during the year, too, including difficulties in adapting to the car in the same way that teammate Charles Leclerc has, as well as some crashes.

He admits that reliability had not been one of his concerns ahead of the race in Baku, though, despite it previously affecting Leclerc.

"On my side this year, we haven't had any reliability issues," Sainz told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"It's been pure unluckiness and things not going my way, but I see that Charles had a problem in Barcelona and another one here.

"It's a difficult day for the team, a difficult day for all the Ferrari family, but I'm sure we will look into it we and we will stay united and keep pushing. It's still a long season ahead."

Sainz left frustrated by 2022 struggles

The main problem for Sainz is that the premature end to his race at the Baku City Circuit means he has again been unable to add some consistency to his campaign.

He admits that this has been a cause of frustration for him.

"On my side, it's been extremely difficult to get any kind of momentum," Sainz explained.

"Every time I do a good race, the next race there's something happening. 2022 has been extremely frustrating on that side.

"But I'm still hoping that one day all this will finish and we start having a smoother time."

How Ferrari can bounce back from difficulties

Despite the tough times that he and Ferrari faced in Azerbaijan, Sainz remains confident that they can recover.

"It's part of the experience and part of the process," he added.

"I think we've been quite solid as a team this year. There's been some niggles here and there, but I think the team is doing a very good job.

"Yes, we've run into our first double DNF or double reliability issue, but I think the team is doing a great job.

"We just need to make sure we stay calm, we stay united and we react accordingly. We're learning from these kind of mistakes.

"On the personal side, [it's] very frustrating to not be able to get any kind of momentum. Again, a retirement on Lap 9 without doing any learning with the car is extremely frustrating, but it's how it goes."

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