Jun 25, 2017

Carlos Sainz, eighth in the Azerbaijan GP after a recovery drive and an eventful race

He spun going into Turn 1 to avoid colliding with his team-mate

Baku, June 25th 2017.- Carlos Sainz leaves behind the capital city of Azerbaijan with an extra four points that are very important both for him and for Scuderia Toro Rosso. The eighth place achieved in today’s race was the fruit of a hard-worked recovery drive from the very bottom of the grid, as he found himself in the last place after spinning in Lap 1 to avoid a clash with his teammate Daniil Kvyat, who was re-joining the track after going wide in Turn 1. The result is even more important when taken into consideration the multiple crashes, mechanical break-downs, Safety-Car periods and other circumstances that affected today’s event at the fastest urban circuit in the F1 calendar.

Carlos started well from the fifteenth spot of the grid. It seemed he was about to gain two or three spots after exiting Turn 1, but he found Kvyat returning to the track. To avoid colliding with his teammate, he avoided the other STR12 but the manoeuvre ended in a spin that sent the Spaniard to the back of the race. From then on, he gave his very best, passed several drivers and benefited from others mistakes to climb back to the points in an elimination race where it was crucial to avoid joining the frantic chaos.

The Toro Rosso pitted in Lap 12 to change from supersoft to soft tyres. They would go on to last for 10 laps, although many of them were done behind the Safety-Car. He would change his tyres again quickly, not because of their degradation but because of a red flag that neutralized the event. Teams were granted permission to fit new tyres to their cars. From then on, equipped with a brand-new set of supersoft rubber, Carlos pushed until the chequered flag and managed to reach the eighth place after an overtaking with eight laps to go.

With this result, Carlos maintains himself in the ninth place of the Drivers’ Championship, while Toro Rosso has fallen to sixth in the Constructors’, behind Williams. The eighth place was a satisfactory result for the Spaniard, today:

"It was a crazy race, I am sure fans had fun from home, because many things happened. I drove a solid race. I found myself in the last place after what happened in Lap 1, when I had to avoid a collision with my teammate. You always must try. From then on it was all about fighting back and I managed to reach P8. I passed many cars and these four points are very important. We saved the day after a very difficult weekend", Carlos said.

One of the most positive aspects for Carlos is that his team has found the root cause of the issues that the STR12 has experienced this weekend. They will work flat-out now in Faenza to try to solve them for the next event, the Austrian Grand Prix.

"We pushed all the way from the very first lap, but it was the same old story of the whole weekend. We were lacking that ‘feeling’ with the car. Luckily, we have discovered a couple things, a couple details that were not as they should have been, so there will be some changes for Austria. We believe we have found the problem", the driver concluded.

Formula 1 will return now to Europe for the Austrian Grand Prix, which will be held from July 7th to 9th. We will follow it closely via Carlos’ official website, www.carlosainz.es, and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.