He makes it to Q3 in a remarkable Qualifying at the Circuit of the Americas
Austin, October 21st of 2017.- Carlos Sainz achieved the seventh place of the Starting Grid in the United States Grand Prix, a sensible result in his first Qualifying session as an official race-driver for Renault Sport F1 Team. Carlos set the eighth fastest time of the afternoon, but takes advantage of a rival’s penalty to move up to seventh.
Qualifying went underway under a clear blue sky, in the hottest weather conditions of the event. Air temperature reached 31 degrees Celsius, while the track was at 40. The Spaniard used two sets of the ultrasoft compound in Q1 to ensure a ticket to the following round. In his first flying lap, he set a 1:36.355 that evolved into a 1:35.517 as he finished his second run. He finished fifth.
In Q2, Carlos used another two sets of the ultrasoft compound. With the first one, he set a 1:35.396 that put him in ninth place. Although it looked like enough to advance to Q3, he knew he could improve and he had another go. He stopped the clock at 1:34.899, his fastest time of the week-end at that time, and finished eighth.
In Q3, Carlos stayed in pits during the first minutes of the session because he didn’t have enough spare tyres. He used the only one he had in the final minutes. He set a 1:34.852 in his flying lap, enough to clinch the eigth spot of the grid, which then evolved into a seventh place once penalties were applied.
Overall, Carlos felt satisfied with his performance.
"Truth is I am very happy. I think an eighth place in Q3 is a great result for tomorrow. We have improved a lot throughout the session. I’ve picked-up my pace from Q1 to Q3. The track was tricky, first with the wind and then with the track-temperature, which went up during the session. I’ve enjoyed a lot and I think today’s result is also a consequence of that".
"We have been learning all week-end long. Feeling that progression comes in handy when you want to put together a good Qualifying. Anyway, we have to keep on learning. It will be important to finish tomorrow’s race, so we can gather experience with this car. I am looking forward to it already", he concluded.
The United States Grand Prix will start tomorrow Sunday at 14:00 local time, 21:00 Spanish time. As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.