The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso made the most of his car
Francorchamps, August 26th 2017.- Carlos Sainz will start from the fourteenth spot on the grid in the Belgian Grand Prix after reaching Q2 in Saturday’s Qualifying session with a best lap-time of 1:45.439. This result consolidates the Spaniard as the fastest Toro Rosso, just as in the previous Free Practice sessions, although today that was not enough to be in Q3.
Qualifying was held in perfect summer conditions, with an air temperature of 27ºC and the track at 34ºC, despite the fact that the first forecasts didn’t rule out the risk of rain. This played against Carlos, as he would benefited from the rain to compensate the weaknesses of his car in a power-demanding circuit.
Carlos had finished within the Top 10 in the three Free Practice sessions, something that could have inspired some optimism going into Qualifying. Nevertheless, the Spaniard had already warned his fans and the media that his rivals were yet to show all their potential.
In Q1, Carlos used two sets of ultrasoft tyres to make his way to the following round. With the first one, he set a 1:46.000 and then improved to 1:45.522. After a short visit to the garage, he clocked a 1:45.374 to move up to ninth.
In Q2, he set a 1:45.439 after two stints on ultrasoft tyres. His two lap-times were fairly similar, something that proved there was no more potential left in the STR12. In this phase, the strength of the midfield was more than evident: there were just eight tenths of a second between the seventh and the fourteenth fastest drivers.
Carlos gave his views on the day after jumping out of his car. "It wasn’t a very positive day, but at least we tried. We knew this was possible this weekend. Our rivals used more power and put more downforce on their cars, something we couldn’t do".
"I did three laps that were almost identical. I couldn’t improve any more from there. I have the feeling that I’ve been on the limit of the car from the very beginning of the weekend. But there’s no time for frustration. It will be key to finish the race tomorrow, because things can happen in Spa-Francorchamps", he concluded.
The Belgian Grand Prix will begin tomorrow Saturday at 14:00 local time. As always, we will keep an eye on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.