- Carlos set the eleventh fastest time of the day (1:34.566) in the Qualifying session, and as such will enjoy a free tyre choice for Sunday’s race.
- The Spaniard was just two thousandths of a second short from making it to Q3
- The driver of the Renault Sport Formula One Team remains positive about his chances in the race. Points are his goal.
"In Q2 today we struggled a bit with the last corner. On my first flying lap, I had traffic with a Haas and I lost a couple tenths. Otherwise, that lap would have been enough to make it to Q3. Then on my last lap I accidentally switched a button of my steering wheel and I lost two tenths in the last corner. It was frustrating, because the pace was there".
"I am happy because I felt comfortable in the car. It is a shame that those little things costed as a Q3 appearance, but starting from P11 is not bad either. We have enough experience with those tyres and I know that we will do the right choice for the strategy. Last year we saw it was very close between a one-stopper and a two-stopper, so we will go full attack. Races tend to be quite fun around here and overtaking is feasible, so we will try and fight back to make it to the points".