Jul 15, 2017

A suspension failure keeps Carlos Sainz away from Q3; will start P13 in Silverstone

He overcame a wet Q1 before struggling with reliability

Silverstone, July 15th 2017.- Carlos Sainz will start the British Grand Prix from the seventh row of the grid after a difficult Qualifying session. The Spaniard suffered a technical issue which prevented him from exploiting his full potential in Q2.

With an air temperature of 16ºC and the track at 20ºC, the Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso appeared in Q1 with a set of intermediate tyres since it began under rain conditions. He moved up to sixth with his first lap, but the track was improving by the minute and he slowly fell back in the standings. He picked-up a second set of intermediates and clocked two more flying laps: 1:43.522 and 1:41.114. It was enough to move up to tenth and make his way to the following phase.

In Q2, it stopped raining and the track dried up quickly. All cars started on slick tyres and here is where the struggle began for Carlos, who experienced an issue related to the rear suspension of his STR12. He stayed in pits.

His mechanics worked against the clock to repair the suspension. In the end, Carlos had only five minutes to try to save the day. Although he was lacking mileage on supersoft tyres, the biggest problem of all was that that his suspension was not working smoothly. He lost a lot of time in the corners. In the end, his best time was 1:31.368 but it was only good enough for P14. This will translate into P13 since Fernando Alonso has several penalties for Sunday’s race.

Today’s result doesn’t please Carlos. “It was a very complicated day. Qualifying was a disaster in fact, because we had a problem on the suspension. My mechanics tried to repair it, but it was not working perfectly. We lost a lot of time in the corners”, he said.

Tomorrow will be another day and we will give our very best, but we must avoid these things. We must learn from our mistakes. Today was a reliability issue related to the suspension. There is nothing we can do about that, it was nobody’s fault. But we could have shone, today. Q2 was impossible with this issue”, he concluded.

The British Grand Prix will be underway tomorrow at 13:00 British time, 14:00 Spanish time. As always, we will follow Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.