May 28, 2016

Carlos Sainz to start sixth tomorrow in Monaco GP

Best starting spot ever for a Toro Rosso in the Principality

Monaco, May 25th 2016.- Carlos Sainz will start the Monaco GP from the third row of the Starting Grid, a very positive day for the Spanish driver, who's achieved Toro Rosso's best result ever in the Principality. He will race in a good position to fight for points.

Carlos only ran on the ultrasoft tyres and from Q1 onwards he always stood among the ten fastest. Without making any mistakes nor experiencing remarkable issues, the Spaniard always hit the track at the right moment even though there were two red flag periods during the first phase of Qualifying.

Carlos had enough with a single try to go from Q1 to Q2, and then he had enough with his first lap to make it through the final Q3, even though he went out again to practice more. In the final fight, with only ten drivers left, his 1'15"244 placed him in the seventh spot, half a second in front of his teammate. Nevertheless, Kimi Raikkonen has a five-place penalty for changing his gearbox and that moves Carlos up to the sixth spot on the Starting Grid. He'll be closing the third row.

These were Carlos words after stepping out of his STR11:

"I'm happy because I think that's almost the maximum we could get today. From the beginning it was a complicated session with the red flag due to oil on track. Wow, it was a typical Monaco Qualifying. Many things happening because we're on the limit and because of traffic. We reached car's limit in Q2, so our goal in Q3 was to repeat that same time. We managed to go a tenth further, but other cars found half a second, like Ricciardo or Hülkenberg with the Mercedes engine. I don't know where they found that. We don't have that".

"Our goal is always Force India, we want to hold them behind in the Constructors Championship. It's a pity they slipped through, because up until then we had been faster than them this weekend. Nico must have done a really good lap. We'll have to live on with that and try to win him tomorrow in the race, where I think we enjoy a solid pace".

The Monaco GP, which will likely be covered by most teams with a single stop strategy, will begin tomorrow at 14:00 Spanish time.