Sep 30, 2017

Carlos Sainz to start fourteenth at Malaysia GP: "Everything will depend on the start"

The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso suffers in Malaysia with the progress made by his rivals

Sepang, September 30th 2017.- Carlos Sainz will start from the fourteenth place of the Starting Grid at the Malaysia Grand Prix, after reaching Q2 in this afternoon’s Qualifying session. He finished as the first Toro Rosso.

Qualifying went underway under cloudy skies in dry conditions. The air temperature was 30ºC and the track was at 40ºC. Some pessimistic weather forecasts suggested rain was feasible, and although it is true that rain could have played in favour of the STR12, in the end it didn’t materialize.

In Q1, Carlos used two sets of supersoft tyres to ensure his place in Q2. With the first set, he set a 1:33.237 lap. With the second one, he improved to 1:32.650. He finished eleventh and advanced to the following round.

Q2 was a tough challenge. Toro Rosso hadn’t been in the Top 10 at any point during the weekend. Carlos used two sets of supersoft tyres. With the first one, he set his fastest lap of the entire weekend: 1:32.402. He finished 156 milliseconds ahead of the second Toro Rosso.

Carlos admitted to the press that today’s result could have been expected. "There is no doubt that I would prefer to be further ahead, but I can’t complain because we are where we’ve been the whole weekend: around the fourteenth place or even further back. I think today we couldn’t have done any more than this".

"I don’t know what to expect for the race. It will all depend on the start. I think everyone will follow a one-stop strategy, so there won’t be a big window of opportunity strategy-wise. It will be a difficult race, but we will try everything from the start", he said.

The race of the Malaysia GP will start tomorrow Sunday at 15:00 local time, at 09:00 Spanish time. As always, we will keep you updated about Carlos via his official website and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.