Nov 24, 2017

Carlos Sainz to start from sixth row of the grid in Abu Dhabi GP

He is confident in his long-run pace ahead of Sunday’s race

Yas Marina, November 24th 2017.- Carlos Sainz achieved the twelfth fastest time of the day in the Qualifying session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Spaniard will start from the sixth row of the grid in the final race of the 2017 season. Small issues compromised his fastest lap, but the driver of Renault Sport F1 team is confident on the potential of his machine ahead of tomorrow’s event.

Qualifying promised to be a tight session for the mid-field teams, since they were extremely even after the third practice session. In this scenario, Carlos needed a perfect lap to ensure a spot in Q3.
With an air temperature of 24 degrees and the track at 29, drivers faced Qualifying as night fell over Yas Island. Carlos was patient in Q1 and waited for the track to cool-off before going for a flying lap. He had enough with a single stint on ultrasoft tyres. His 1:38.810 lap granted him the eleventh place and the access to the following round.

In Q2, the challenge was even bigger. On brand-new ultrasofts, he set a 1:39.311 on his first stint. In his second try, he found five tenths that would have been more if it wasn’t for the traffic and a small engine-issue in his last acceleration of the lap. Carlos set a 1:38.725, his fastest lap of the weekend but not enough to make it to Q3. He was 160 milliseconds short.

The Spaniard of Renault Sport F1 Team expressed his views on the day as he returned to the paddock. “I am not satisfied with this Qualifying, because we had a car with Q3 potential. Q2 was a tough one. We struggled to warm the tyres because of traffic during my out-lap and then I had a small issue with the engine in the exit of the final turn. We lost time and Qualifying was extremely tight”, he said.

I am feeling positive because I know that our long-run pace is good. I hope tomorrow’s race is a good one and that we make it to the points”, he concluded.

The 2017 Formula 1 season will come to an end tomorrow at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which will begin at 17:00 local time (14:00 Spanish time). As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.