Mar 25, 2017

Carlos Sainz, eighth in Qualifying ahead of Australian GP

The Spaniard secures his third Q3 in a row in his third appearance in the Albert Park

Melbourne, March 25th 2017.- The Qualifying session for the Australian GP was exciting and brought us a new circuit record and a great performance by Carlos Sainz, who clinched the eighth starting spot on the grid as he secured his third Q3 in a row in his third race at the Albert Park. It was a remarkable achievement since the Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso wasn't able to get the perfect feel with his car, although that didn’t prevent him from beating his teammate.

In Q1, Carlos used two sets of the ultrasoft compound to wrap up the first round in eleventh place. He didn’t push the limits of the car and set a 1:25.542 lap.

In Q2, the Spaniard equipped two sets of the ultrasoft choice and set a personal best of 1’24”997 in his first outing. In the second stint he performed better in the second sector, but it was not enough to improve a time that was good enough to grant him a place in Q3. Carlos only had one chance in Q3 and he managed to set a 1’24”487 on ultrasoft tyres. It was Carlos’ fastest lap of the weekend and the eighth fastest overall. 

Carlos felt satisfied as he jumped out of his car, although he insisted that he didn’t feel perfectly comfortable with the car today.

We improved a lot in Q3, because we had some small issues since the beginning of Qualifying. It was a good day, but not a perfect one. We didn’t get the balance right, neither the feeling, but we improved and built confidence. Truth is it was a very complicated Qualifying and we didn’t improve much yesterday’s time. We must take a look at what happened. We said yesterday that we’d better be cautious and I was not wrong. Still, a P8 is good for tomorrow”.

Commenting on his final lap, Carlos said that all of a sudden he was faster than in Q1 and Q2. “It was a very good lap, but it’s difficult when you don’t have full trust in the car. It’s very hard to attack, but in the end we put it all together and that’s what matters”.

The 2017 Technical Regulations have increased the speed of the cars, but also their aggressive reactions. “It’s very hard to tame them. These cars are very sensible to track temperatures changes and wind. If there is a change in the wind, then you can brake 10 meters later. If you have tail wing, then it becomes almost undrivable. But no doubt these cars are fun to drive. I enjoyed today, despite the difficulties”, he concluded.

The Australian Grand Prix will start tomorrow at 16:00 local time, 07:00 Spanish time. It’s important to remember that tonight it is daylight savings time, so 02:00 will become 03:00. We will follow the race via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.