Mar 29, 2015

Carlos Sainz comeback in the Malaysian Grand Prix

The Toro Rosso driver, who started from fifteenth position on the grid, finished eighth

Carlos Sainz: "It was a mega day for me today! A two-stop strategy at a track like Sepang was never going
to be easy, but it worked out well in the end and it's definitely made me forget yesterday's
result in qualifying. Starting from P15 and making it to P8 is amazing! There was a lot happening
around me throughout the whole race, so it was very easy to lock-up, make mistakes or lose
positions, but I kept calm and in the end it paid off. The conditions have been very tough here
in Malaysia, much more than in Australia obviously, but we prepared well for it and I had no
problems. Such a result gives us great confidence and motivation to keep up the good work.
The team is doing an excellent job and to finish with both cars in the points is a great way to
end the weekend."

Franz Tost (Team Principal): "To finish in seventh and eighth positions today here in Malaysia was a big success for the team
as well as for the drivers because if both Ferrari's, Mercedes' and Williams' don't have any
problems, this is the best position which we can achieve. Therefore, the team showed a very
good race performance, of which I'm very proud. We were fast in yesterday's qualifying session
but this was no surprise. Max ended up in an excellent sixth position and I think that also Carlos
could have been in the top ten as he certainly had the speed, which he also showed in
today's race. Both drivers did a reasonable start. Carlos had a great start as he gained lots of
positions after starting from 15th position. He was also the only driver a part from Sebastian Vettel
to go for a two-stop strategy and he really looked after the tyres well and drove a fantastic
race. This great result now gives us a big boost and we look forward to the
next race in China in two weeks' time."

1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1h41m05.793s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 8.569s
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 12.310s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 53.822s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m10.409s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m13.586s
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m37.762s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1 Lap
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
15 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
- Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Retirement
- Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Retirement
- Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda Retirement
- Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari Retirement