Jul 2, 2016

An engine failure holds Carlos Sainz back in the Starting Grid for the Austrian GP

He will start 15th aiming to fightback

Spielberg, July 2nd 2016.- The Austrian Grand Prix has turned out to be like an obstacle race for Carlos Sainz. The driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso has suffered an engine failure in his Toro Rosso in the last stages of Q1. He couldn't defend the time that classified him for Q2, never mind Q3.

After the electrical issues encountered this morning in Free Practice 3, Toro Rosso changed Carlos' engine even though Qualifying was very near. The effort proved to be worthy, as it could be done on time. Carlos could go out on track and clock a lap good enough to make it to Q2.

A crash by another Toro Rosso, Russian Daniil Kvyat, caused a red-flag delay with two minutes to go in Q1. When session was restarted, Carlos hit the track but felt something strange from his engine by the time he left the Pit-Lane. He stopped aside the track with smoke pouring out of the exhaust of his STR11. That was it for him in Qualifying.

After jumping out of his STR11, this was Carlos' explanation. "I think we broke the engine when we left the Pit-Lane. We still don't know the cause. We had already an electrical issue on the engine in Free Practice 3, we changed it and went for a power unit we had used before, but that broke in my last Q1 run".

For tomorrow, there's no other option but to fightback. "We'll start from behind. The day didn't turn out the way it should have. We had some issues in Free Practice 3, made it to Qualifying just in time... The team did a great effort with the engine change so we could be ready, but then we hit trouble in Qualifying".

Two problems in the same weekend are quite a lot, although it's not been a common trend for Tor Rosso this season. "We hadn't had reliability issues up until this point, up until this race. We had them all today. At least it's in the worst track for us, so it's better for these things to happen here".

The Austrian Grand Prix will commence tomorrow at 14:00 Spanish time. We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.