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Carlos Sainz

Sainz left angry: Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong

Whilst teammate Charles Leclerc claimed his second pole position of the season, Carlos Sainz was left ruing his bad luck after qualifying in P9 for the Australian Grand Prix.

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Carlos Sainz has voiced his anger after a difficult qualifying session at the Australian Grand Prix saw him qualify down in ninth.

The Ferrari driver suffered some bad luck in Q3, with Fernando Alonso's crash in the Alpine bringing out the red flags just before Sainz was able to cross the line to put his first lap in.

There were then further problems with starting the car for his final run, leaving the Spaniard frustrated at the end of the session.

"[The first lap] was a normal lap," Sainz told Sky Sports F1.

"The lap at the end, we had a problem with the starter. We couldn't start the car, we went out three minutes late [compared] to when we were planning to go out.

"I couldn't prepare the tyre, I couldn't warm up the tyre. Everything was rushed and I had to do a lap with freezing tyres, and it was a horrible lap for that."

Sainz regrets missing out on fight for pole position

With teammate Charles Leclerc having claimed pole position, Sainz was left disappointed that he was unable to battle at the front himself.

"[I was] incredibly unlucky, and everything that could go wrong in Q3 went wrong, especially because I was in the fight for pole position for the whole qualy," he said.

Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto was seen commiserating with Sainz as he spoke to the media, and the driver admits that his boss can understand his anger at what happened.

"He knows I'm angry, because we shouldn't have these problems with the starter," Sainz added.

"It was just a disaster, and he knows that today I was in the fight for pole, and everything that could [go] wrong for me went wrong.

"I'm not going to be happy at all when anyone tells me to be happy, but tomorrow is another day and we will try and come back."

When asked how he would reset for race day, Sainz explained: "A good night's sleep, and let's see. I need to sleep, and until I go to sleep, I will be angry."

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