Apr 12, 2015

Carlos Sainz in Chinese Grand Prix

The Toro Rosso driver, finished thirteenth after suffering gearbox problems

Carlos Sainz: "It was a very difficult race for us today. We started on Prime tyres, but the track was very green and dirty at the beginning, so we immediately suffered a considerable lack of grip. While I was really pushing hard to be on top of Force India for the first stint, unfortunately I made a mistake. It's a real shame! From then on, as soon as we put the Soft tyres on, the balance came back and I was feeling comfortable with the car. Unfortunately we had an issue with the gearbox, which we still have to investigate, which made us lose more time. Without that problem I think we could've been in contention for points."

Franz Tost (Team Principal): "Regarding Carlos, it was a pity to see him spin after his good start. Later on, he lost some more valuable time because his gearbox went into neutral and we now have to find out why this happened".

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h39m42.008s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.714s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 2.988s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 3.835s
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 8.544s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 9.885s
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 19.008s
8 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 22.625s
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 32.117s
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
15 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 2 Laps
16 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 2 Laps
17 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 4 Laps
- Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Retirement
- Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault Retirement
- Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes Retirement