Ninth Q3 of the season out of fourteen events
Singapore, September 16th 2017.- Carlos Sainz produced yet another solid performance at the Qualifying session of the Singapore GP. He clinched the tenth spot of the Starting Grid, improving his one-lap performance in comparison to his pace in Free Practice, which demonstrates Carlos' hability in clutch time.
Qualifing went underway with an air temperature of 28 degrees and the track at 33 degrees. All cars ran on ultrasoft tyres, just as Carlos did. Although the circuit was slow in the early stages of Q1, it improved over time. Carlos saw that and put a second set of tyres in his Toro Rosso, setting a 1:42.176 and taking the fourth place.
In Q2, the Spaniard set an extraordinary 1:41.926 on his first flying lap. His rivals tried to take him out of the Top 10, but it was not possible. His team-mate couldn't beat him neither, he finished five tenths behind him.
From then on, he had a single set of new tyres for Q3. He was aware of the limitations of his car. Carlos tried to push more, but finally qualified in tenth place for tomorrow's Singapore GP.
When he jumped out of his car, he expressed his happiness about his ninth Q3 appearence this season.
"It has been a really good day for us. After Free Practice 2 and Free Practice 3, Q3 looked difficult. But after working really hard, this afternoon we have set some really promising lap-times. You could say that we made it to Q3 when we weren't expected", he said.
After his Q2 success, he went for it in the last round. "I almost had a spin in Turn 21. I lost the back of the car. My lap was almost identical to the one I had done in Q2, so I took the risk trying to find an extra tenth. But I am really happy anyway, because we've been improving. Reaching Q3 is not an easy thing, seeing how strong the grid today is".
He now looks forward to Sunday's race. "It would be great to score a point tomorrow, if we finish in this tenth place. If we do a good start, we will be under pressure from the cars behind. They look faster than us this weekend. Our expectations were to qualify in P12 or P13. We will start P10, so it will be a hard fought battle. I would like to thank my team for their work", he concluded.
Tomorrow is the day of the Singaporee GP. It will begin at 20:00 local time, 14:00 Spanish time. We will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.