He got the maximum out of his STR11, but it was not enough to make it to Q3
Hockenheim, July 30th 2016.- Carlos Sainz earned the 13th spot after the Qualifying for the German Grand Prix, but in the end the driver from Scuderia Toro Rosso will start three places further down as he has recieved a penalty for impeding another car during today's session.
Carlos struggled with the low-drag configuration of his STR11, a configuration optimized to minimize the time lost along Hockenheim's straights. He drove on the supersoft tyre from the very beginning. He set a fast lap on the first set, but he went out again for a second run to secure his place in Q2. The Spaniard crossed the line with a few minutes to go and made his way into the following round with the 12th fastest time.
In the second round, Carlos headed out on new tyres. Despite he got the maximum out of his car, conditions weren't ideal today to make it to the final Q3. He was unable to reach it in his last try and had to settle with the 13th fastest time overall, just behind the strongest teams in the field.
At the end of his first fast lap, Carlos slowed down and was approached by Felipe Massa at Turn 2. Race Direction concluded that the Toro Rosso impeded the Williams and as such they imposed a three-place penalty for tomorrow's Starting Grid plus two license points. He will start from 16th.
After Qualifying, Carlos explained why it wasn't possible for him to fight for better positions:
"We knew Q3 was going to very, very difficult, one of the most difficult ones of the year. With each race that goes by, we seem to struggle a little bit more on Friday and Qualifying. Today was no exception and truth is Q3 was more in our dreams than in our realistic goals".
Tyre freedom gives the Spaniard some hope, but he is well conscious of the technical limitations he currently faces. "We can choose and for sure we must go ahead, that's the goal. I hope we do a bit better in race, but we must admit that it's getting tougher every time. In the last races we did such a good job that that downfall went unnoticed, but in this Grand Prix we saw a more realistic picture".
"We have rain for tomorrow, which could help us although we are not running our car aerodynamics for wet. But rain always mixes things up, I wouldn't mind".