He will start from P16 and look for a difficult comeback
Sakhir, April 15th 2017.- The Bahrain Grand Prix had yet another setback in stall for Carlos Sainz, who today suffered his second technical failure of the weekend in his Toro Rosso STR12. The Spaniard was just a few meters away from finishing his flying lap, but now has to accept a tough P16 for tomorrow’s Starting Grid as he turns his attention to the race.
Carlos entered Qualifying with barely any visual references of what to expect, since he missed yesterday’s Free Practice 2 due to an issue of the exhausts of his car. For this, today he wanted to set a timed-lap as soon as possible. On supersoft tyres, he started with a 1:32.118. It was a good benchmark, but as his rivals went for their second set of tyres the times dropped. In his second outing, the Spaniard was the fastest driver on the grid in Sector 1 and then improved his personal record in Sector 2. Sadly, he had a technical failure as he approached the last corner and he was forced to stop. He could not finish a flying-lap that looked really promising.
It was as disappointing ending to a Qualifying that looked really interesting for Carlos. It was difficult for him to hide his emotions as he got out of the car. "It is the second time this weekend that this happens. It’s painful when we are in a Grand Prix in which we seem to be quite fast. By what I saw in Q1, Q3 was within our reach. It was one of the best weekends we had had with this car… but we missed Qualifying. It was down to me to give that extra bit, because yesterday I barely had any running in Free Practice 2. Now it is going to be a bit worse, having to start the race so far behind".
He feels especially disappointed because he was on a brilliant flying lap, although that also gives him hope for tomorrow. "It is encouraging when you set a purple sector, but it is also because of this that I am frustrated. The car had a potential we hadn’t expected".
Carlos will work together with his team to analyze what happened today, but he wants to turn his attention to tomorrow’s race. "We will analyze all the issues to know what is happening. Today we had a real chance of making it to Q3, we had the potential to be in P8. I am especially disappointed because it was the fastest car we had had since Australia. A real shame. Now it’s time to think in the race".
The Grand Prix will not be an easy one since overtaking is difficult in Sakhir. "Comeback? Overtaking is more difficult this season, so we will have to see how much we can recover. It will be tougher than in China. It is one of those tracks where you really have to work on your pace since Friday to then perform well in the race. I will try to recover, as usual", he concluded.
The Chinese Grand Prix will start tomorrow at 18:00 local time (17:00 CET) and we will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.