Apr 2, 2016

Carlos Sainz to start P11 at Bahrain GP

He is on the clean side of the track and has fresh tyres in spare

Manama, April 2nd 2016.- Carlos Sainz will start tomorrow's Bahrain GP from eleventh place after a Qualifying session in which he finished just 212 thousands of a second away from making it to Q3. Carlos will be on the clean side of the grid and is confident that he's got the rythm needed to fight for points.

Carlos used the supersoft compound the very beginning, from Q1, a round in which he set a 1'32''266 lap that was enough to make it through. In Q2 Toro Rosso could only afford to use another set of supersofts and Carlos only had one chance to set a lap time. He ended up to P11, just 44 milliseconds behind his teammate, both cars very close to Q3.

Today's result represents a solid baseline for tomorrow's race, as previously both cars had completed satisfactory long runs in Free Practice. Carlos will fight for points.

These were Carlos' thoughts after stepping out of the STR11.

"It was a difficult session, mainly because of the number of supersoft sets we had available. It was almost impossible to make it to Q3 and we knew it already, but we still did the maximum we could with what we had. I'm sure it will be a fun race; we have an opportunity to score points. Now we must focus on tomorrow, I'm sure we can do a good race.

The Bahrain GP will start tomorrow at 17:00 CET.