Sep 4, 2016

Carlos Sainz ends tough Italian GP in P15: “I had little fun”

The team will check the collected data in order to return to its usual form in Singapore

Monza, September 4th 2016.- A difficult weekend comes to a closure today for Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Toro Rosso. The Spaniard managed to hold on until the chequered flag to the fifteenth position he had retained since the start, but couldn’t recover any ground on a STR11 whose performance was compromised by its lack of Top Speed. Carlos made the most out of his car, but today there was no points reward.

Temperatures were warmer than expected with ambient at 29 degrees and track at 35. Carlos recovered a place after the start to move up to fourteenth, chased down by teammate Daniil Kvyat. He started on soft tyres, so he chose to do a very long first stint as engineers had designed a one-stop strategy. In the end, that plan was changed to a two-stopper and Carlos came in to the pits on Lap 23 to go out again on a set of used supersoft tyres. 19 laps later, he did his second and final stop as he grabbed a set of brand new supersofts to make it to the chequered flag. He managed to overtake Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson during the closing chapters of the race to cross the line in fifteenth place, one lap behind race winner Nico Rosberg.

After leaving his STR11, Carlos explained he had mixed emotions. He was happy as he had made the most out of his car in a flawless race, but still points were too far away. “I had little fun. A very tough race as expected, but in the end we still did all we could. At first we tried to make it with a single stop, then we changed because we were going to run out of rubber. We didn’t do a one-stopper neither a normal two-stopper strategy, we did a mix of both. Not very good, but pace wasn’t bad still. We were a little behind the Haas and the McLarens, as expected, but we could always see them. A tough weekend, but now we must think about Singapore to try to return to our usual form”.

Toro Rosso has been working intenslly analyzing the data collected during Free Practice, but the team still needs more time before making any definite conclusions. "We've learned a few lessons, but not all of them. We'll need these two weeks to check everything and I hope we can use them to get back to where we want to be. After three tough races, it's about time we fight again for the Top 10"

With today's race, Formula One says goodbye to its European leg as he prepares for the Asian and American ones. Next up is the Singapore Grand Prix, in the always spectacular circuit of the Marina Bay. The event will be held on the 16th, 17th and 18th of September. We will cover it via and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.