Jun 18, 2016

Brake-issues keep Carlos Sainz away from Q3 fight in Baku

The driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso will start P13 and now wants to fightback

Baku, June 18th 2016.- Carlos Sainz finished the Qualifying session of the European Grand Prix in 13th place. His performance was harmed by brake problems that affected him from the very beginning of the day, from Free Practice 3. The Spaniard accepts today's result but has already moved his focus to tomorrow's race, where points will be the main aim once more.

Carlos' goal was to make it to Q3, which today was more difficult than ever because of the extremely similar level there is among mid-field teams. Nevertheless, his breaks' temperature didn't evolve the way he expected and that costed him precious time. Tomorrow he'll be starting from the seventh row of the grid, just in front of his good friend Fernando Alonso.

In Q1, Carlos did two stints on the supersoft tyre. With the first one, he set a 1'47"237 and then immediately improved it to 1'45"588. He later went out again to make sure he accessed the following round, and set a personal best of 1'44"827, which turned out to be his best time of the weekend. He was seventh.

In Q2, he did two more stints, always with the Pirelli supersoft. In the first one he stopped the clock at 1'45"000, but then locked his tyres in his second run when he was in his second try. That forced him to give up his lap.

Tomorrow race is expected to be difficult because of the track characteristics, which are not very good for a Toro Rosso car which is faster on twisty circuits. Nevertheless, the aim is to fightback once more and make it to the points for the fourth race in a row.

These were Carlos' thoughts as he approached the media:

"Today all sorts of things happened to us. We had problems with the brakes since this morning, problems with how they got temperature. We've also struggled with the moment we chose to do our fast laps, we always found traffic. Yesterday we changed the breaks and today they didn't work as they did on Friday. We changed them again after Free Practice 3, but it didn't improve. We must check that. I didn't the same feeling when braking".

"Car was not behaving as it did yesterday. I'm unhappy for that, but that doesn't mean we can't do well. I'm unhappy because we expected a little bit more, but when you have so much trouble in a Qualifying like this one, with walls so close to the track, it's difficult to do it well".

For tomorrow, the Spaniard knows his goal: "We'll go flat-out. If we end up in the points, I'll surely be happier than I am today. We must not give-up".

The race of the European Grand Prix will begin tomorrow Sunday at 17:00 local time, 15:00 Spanish time. We will follow it via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.