- After overcoming together with his team the issues found on Friday, Carlos set the sixth fastest time in Qualifying at Sochi: 1:33.222.
- The McLaren driver is set to move up to fifth following a rivals’ penalty, tying his career-best grid position and placing himself right behind the leading teams.
- The Spaniard, who perfected the set-up of his MCL34 as he moved through Q1 and Q2, was especially quick in the third sector.
"We may have just done the best lap of the year. Yesterday we were struggling with the set-up, but today we took a step forward. We got it right in Q1 and then steadily improved through Q2 and Q3. This result is also a testament to the effort of the entire team, who has worked very hard to achieve it. I thank them all".
"We have improved in every way and I hope that this progress is also translated into our race pace. If it the case, then we have an opportunity to fight for a good result tomorrow. We will give our very best".