Jul 9, 2016

Carlos Sainz, seventh in Silverstone's grid. "It was one of my best Qualifying performances"

A brilliant lap granted him a place in the final round, where he was quick and trouble free

Silverstone, July 9th 2016.- Carlos Sainz will begin tomorrow from seventh on the Starting Grid of the British Grand Prix after accomplishing a fantastic Qualifying at Silverstone. First, the Spaniard from Scuderia Toro Rosso made it to Q3 despite the tightness of Q2 and later on he set a fast lap without missing the track limits at any time, unlike some of his rivals, who made it easier for him to clinch the seventh spot.

In Q1, Carlos had enough with a single stint on soft tyres to secure his place at the following round. Plus, he earned the eighth best time. Nevertheless, in Q2 he did have to use two new Pirelli tyres, as the fight was down to the millisecond. Respecting track-limits, being very fast and avoiding traffic were major keys and the Spaniard set the eighth fastest lap with an spectacular lap. He was 32 milliseconds faster than Fernando Alonso and 62 faster than Force India's Nico Hülkenberg.

Finally, in Q3 he stopped the clock at 1'31"989. Although it was enough to beat the mentioned rivals -Alonso, Hulkenberg-, it turned out to be much more useful than expected. Carlos respected track-limits, but both Fernando and Nico didn't do so in his fastest laps. As a consequence of that, they were stripped of their times and they will have to start tomorrow behind the Toro Rosso. Plus, he takes benefit of Sebastian Vettel's five-place penalty for changing the gear-box. He will begin from seventh, on the fourth row and on the clean side of the track.

Carlos' result is also the second best Qualifying ever for Scuderia Toro Rosso in this selective track.

These were Carlos' impressions after jumping out of the STR11:

"After seeing where we were yesterday, to be seventh today makes us very happy. Yesterday we were almost a second behind the Force Indias, today we've beaten them both, and a Williams, and the McLarens. It's a great goal for us and we accomplished it very well, so I am very happy. Now let's enjoy this because it has been one of my best Qualifying performances... and let's think about tomorrow".

The driver treasures his Q2 time. "In the end, the Force Indias, the Williams, the McLarens and us were within a tenth. The devil was in the detail and that tenth could get you to Q3. These milliseconds were with us today, it was a great lap in Q2. Then wind picked up and it was very hard to improve the Q2 lap-times, but we're delighted. We couldn't have asked for more".

Now it's time to think about the race. "We are in a good position to fight tomorrow for points, and to be within the Top 8 is always my goal. If rain comes, something strange happens ahead or it turns out to be a chaotic race, there will be new possibilities. But it's difficult to finish higher than ninth, tenth or seventh if nothing happens tomorrow".

The British Gran Prix will begin tomorrow at 14:00 Spanish time. We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.