Mar 28, 2015

Carlos Sainz Malasian GP: Qualifying

Rain surprises the Spanish driver who can not to dispute Q3 after shining in Q1

Carlos Sainz: "I'm disappointed with today's result, as getting into Q3 was more than possible and we
could've ended up with a great result. We were looking very good, very sharp, but
unfortunately I made a rookie mistake at Turn 14 and I locked-up when it was starting to
rain, losing all chances to get through to Q3. If this rain hadn't arrived, we would've surely
been up there. But these things can happen, we need to stay positive and learn from
mistakes. I look forward to making up some positions in the race tomorrow as we know that
we can fight for a good result."

James Key (Technical Director): "Today's qualifying was a tricky session because of the weather conditions. We knew the
rain was coming but we didn't know exactly when! I think Q1 was fine and I have to say
that Carlos was flying in the dry conditions, he was really good and looked promising for
Q3. Unfortunately that first lap on the Option tyres in Q2 was extremely unpredictable. We
have to remember that our guys had never driven here in the wet before while all the
people around them had, so they had to judge it as best as they could. Both drivers did a
great job, but Carlos just missed it in Turn 14 and if not, he would've got through just fine
together with Max. It's a real shame, because he had looked strong all day."

1. Lewis Hamilton (GBr/Mercedes) 1:49.834
2. Sebastian Vettel (Ale/Ferrari) 1:49.908
3. Nico Rosberg (Ale/Mercedes) 1:50.299
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus/Red Bull) 1:51.541
5. Daniil Kvyat (Rus/Red Bull) 1:51.951
6. Felipe Massa (Bra/Williams) 1:52.473
7. Max verstappen (Bel/Toro Rosso) 1:52.896
8. Romain Grosjean (Fra/Lotus) 1:52.981
9. Valtteri Bottas (Fin/Williams) 1:53.179
10. Marcus Ericsson (Sue/Sauber) 1:53.261
11. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin/Ferrari) 1:42.173
12. Pastor Maldonado (Ven/Lotus) 1:42.198
13. Nico Hulkenberg (Ale/Force India) 1:43.023
14. Sergio Pérez (Méx/Force India) 1:43.469
15. Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) 1:41.308
16. Felipe Nasr (Bra/Sauber) 1:41.308
17. Jenson Button (BGr/McLaren) 1:41.636
18. Fernando Alonso (McLaren) 1:41.746
19. Roberto Merhi (Manor) 1:46.677
20. Will Stevens (GBr/Manor)