He misses Q3 by just 46 milliseconds after finding a slower car in the last turn
Sochi, April 30th 2016. Carlos Sainz will start the Russian Grand Prix from the 11th spot of the Starting Grid. His Toro Rosso STR11 has showed good pace and the driver is optimistic ahead of tomorrow's race, though today he was stuck behind traffic in his Q2 flying lap and that prevented him from making it to the last round of Qualifying.
Sky was cloudy and that brought cool temperatures to Sochi, with air at 15ºC and track at 28ºC, even colder conditions than in Free Practice 3. Lapping a lot in Q1 proved to be the best choice and the Spaniard completed nevertheless than seven laps on the first set of tyres, on which he improved to 1'37"784 to earn seventh place and a place in Q2.
In the second round, Carlos set a fast lap that gave him eighth place for most of the time. On the second set of supersofts, the Spaniard couldn't get the most out of the STR11 as he was stuck in traffic during his last lap. He ran out of time and dropped from Q3 by just 46 milliseconds. Tomorrow he will start from 11th, but able to choose whatever tyre he wants to begin with.
Carlos will commence from the sixth row of the grid, from the clean side of the track, the same as the Poleman. World Champion Lewis Hamilton will be just in front of him. Both will try to maximize the 53 laps of the race to make a comeback.
These were Carlos' first thoughts after Qualifying.
"We didn't have any specific problem, today we had more rhythm than what we needed to make it to Q3, but I found Daniil Kvyat during my fast lap and that's why I couldn't improve my time. We couldn't have done more. I've been fast all week-end long and I carry that confidence with myself for tomorrow, although it's a shame to have missed Q3".
"We've been very close to the Red Bull cars in Qualifying, although we know they're faster in race conditions. If we compare ourselves to Force India or the other teams, we know tomorrow we'll have a good chance".
The Russian Grand Prix will begin tomorrow at 14:00 Spanish Time (15:00 local time).