Jun 10, 2017

Carlos Sainz, thirteenth in Qualifying for the Canadian GP

Yellow flag compromise the Spaniard’s work

Montreal, June 10th 2017.- Yellow flags prevented Carlos Sainz from showing his true potential during the Qualifying session for the Canadian Grand prix. The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso had to cancel his fastest lap because of a yellow flag situation caused by his own teammate. Tomorrow he will try to build on today’s performance in the Gilles Villeneuve, starting from the thirteenth spot on the grid.

In the first phase of Qualifying, Carlos set an early time of 1’14”051 in his second flying lap. From then on, he kept on driving and even picked-up a second set of ultrasoft tyres to look for further improvements. Although he was quicker at times, a yellow flag appeared in the closing stages of Q1 after a rival touched the wall. This affected all the cars on time, among them Carlos’, who was able to make it through finishing fifteenth.

In Q2, the story repeated for a second time. Carlos began with an early 1’13”756, which would later remain as his fastest lap of the afternoon. He went for a last-minute flying lap, but marshals waved yellow flags in the second half of the track because Daniil Kvyat had a puncture and was driving back to the pits at low speed. Several drivers who were fighting for a Q3 ticket were compromised by this situation. Carlos was among them and could do nothing to avoid finishing outside the Top 10.

At the end of Qualifying, the Spaniard regretted that he hadn’t been able to extract the full speed he had unlocked this morning in Free Practice 3. “It is a shame, because I had yellow flags in all my good laps. We were improving a lot at the end of Q2, but my teammate caused another yellow flag and we couldn’t improve our lap. In fact, I didn’t even match my Free Practice 3 laps because I had no clean laps”, he explained.

Sunday’s race won’t be an easy one, but Carlos is in good spirit and willing to compete. “In Free Practice 3 we took an important step forward compared to Friday. I was feeling much more comfortable. I am positive for tomorrow, you can recover in Canada. I am confident because the car was going very well after Free Practice 3. Points will be difficult because all the cars in front are faster than us on straights, but we will try”, Carlos concluded.

The Canadian Grand Prix will be held tomorrow at 14:00 local time, 20:00 CEST. As always, we will keep track of Carlos’ work via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.