He expects to utilize every chance to try and get into the points tomorrow
Francorchamps, August 27th 2016.- Carlos Sainz will start the Belgian Grand Prix from the seventh row of the grid. The Spanish driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso made the most out of his STR11 during the Qualifying session, but couldn't progress any further than the 15th fastest time of the afternoon. The result later changed to 14th as Esteban Gutierrez served a penalty. Carlos couldn't get into Q3 this time, but tomorrow will fight to reach the point-zone.
Under clear blue skies which reigned since the very first hour of the day, Qualifying begun with air temperature at 31 degrees and track at 41 degrees. In Q1 Carlos went straightforward for the supersoft compound and after a 1'49"256 time he improved again with his second set of tyres to 1'48"876, which was the best lap of the weekend. That gave him access to the second phase, Q2, although in a very hard fought 15th place. Meanwhile, the other Toro Rosso finished 19th, 0"363 seconds away from Carlos, proving just how hard it is for the STR11 to perform at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
In Q2, Carlos waited until the very last moment to leave the pits and go for a timed lap. He used a brand new set of supersofts and finished the day with a 1'49"038, which gave him the 14th spot for tomorrow's Starting Grid. While approaching the last chicane, the driver from Toro Rosso found Sebastian Vettel in his in-lap and lost some time, although it was not possible to aim for a place in Q3.
After jumping out of his car, Carlos expressed his disappointment and also recognized that today there was no potential left in his STR11:
"We weren't even close to Q3, which was our goal when we got here for the weekend. Now we see we are almost a second away from Q3, so obviously I'm not happy at all. We found some solutions, but not big enough. So far it's been a bad weekend for the team, but as a person I'm happy to know that I got the maximum out of the car and that there was nothing else left, although I'm disappointed to see us so far behind".
Carlos and his engineers have been trying to polish and find some milliseconds all weekend long, and the second Toro Rosso didn't even manage to get to Q2:
"We tried all sorts of things in FP1, FP2, FP3, some good directions, some which weren't quite so. In the end I chose for Qualifying a set-up in which I felt confident and managed to get the maximum performance out of the car, but that's all we can get from the car in this track".
Carlos is ready for a complicated race tomorrow, but he expects to be better than today. "Tomorrow it will be a tough race, lots of tyre wear, a supersoft tyre which overheats very quickly, a soft that isn't fast, a medium that is good for some teams and bad for others... It's going to be an interesting race for us, but we still need that things get together to get into the points zone. The good thing is we don't have anything to lose".