Sep 27, 2015

Carlos Sainz tenth in the Japanese Grand Prix

The Spanish driver of Toro Rosso scoring again

Carlos Sainz: "It was a good race until the mistake in the pit entry and I even think it was being one of my best races so far this year. It was a good first stint on the Options and an even better one on the Primes, I was really flying, catching the cars in front. Then it got to the point that it was simply impossible to overtake the Lotus on track, so we decided to go for the undercut. The team told me to do the opposite to Maldonado, and it looked like he was going to pit so I was meant to stay out on track, but he suddenly continued on track and I was so aggressive on the turn into the pit entry that I hit the bollard and damaged my front wing. I therefore lost some time during the pit-stop and if it was already meant to be a final long stint, it became an even longer one behind Perez, who was slow in the corners but fast on the straights. I destroyed my tyres behind him and in the end it was all about making sure I brought the car back home. The team did a very good job and I'm sure that we would've finished higher than P10 if it hadn't been for my mistake - a rookie error that I will learn from. All in all, I'm pleased with my first Japanese Grand Prix!"

Franz Tost (Team Principal): "Taking into consideration that we started today's race in tenth and seventeenth position, to finish with both cars in the points is quite a success for the team. We knew that Suzuka was going to be a tricky circuit for us, as it requires very high top speeds, therefore I must say that we've achieved the best possible result for us here. Both drivers did a fantastic job, especially Carlos in the first stint, when he overtook a couple of cars, showing a really good performance. From a strategy point of view, I think we made the most out of it. In the end, It was a good race for us, finishing with both cars in the points for the second time in a row - the cars are reliable! We are now looking forward to Sochi, where I expect to be more competitive than here in Suzuka."

RACE
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h28m06.508s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 18.964s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 20.850s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 33.768s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 36.746s
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 55.559s
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m12.298s
8 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m13.575s
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.315s
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1 lap
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 lap
12 Sergio Pérez Force India/Mercedes 1 lap
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1 lap
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 lap
15 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1 lap
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1 lap
17 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2 laps
18 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 2 lap
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 3 laps
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari retired