Mar 19, 2016

Carlos Sainz will start the Australian GP from seventh place

Solid start of the year for the Spaniard and his team

Carlos Sainz has archived seventh place in the starting grid for the Australian Grand Prix. Toro Rosso’s Spaniard made his way through the first two rounds to earn a spot in Q3. Tomorrow he’ll start from the clean side of the track, from the fourth row.

The beginning of Q1 was tough, as Carlos experienced some difficulties with the temperature of his tyres on his first flying lap, and consequently couldn’t set a time good enough to guarantee himself a place in Q2. Carlos made then the most out of an old set of tyres in his second attempt and found the edge he needed to avoid elimination.

He later changed tyres and moved on to a new set of Pirellis. In a magnificent lap, he climbed up to fourth in Q2 and secured his participation in the final Q3, where the eight fastest drivers on the grid would contest for Pole Position.

In the last round, Carlos hit the track very quickly and tried his best, but last sector wasn’t perfect. Because he hadn’t any tyres left, he couldn’t improve anymore. Toro Rosso’s time in Q3 turned out to be slower than what it was in Q2, in which he’d have finished fifth.

Anyway, seventh place on the grid is Carlos’ second best qualifying performance in his career as a Formula  1 driver. He equals the result he archived last year in Australia, although then he benefited of Valtteri Bottas’ absence and in this ocasion he did on his very own.
These were Carlos’ thoughts after stepping out of his car.

“I want to congratulate the team for his work, it has enabled us to fight for top positions from the very beginning. We’ll now focus on tomorrow’s race to try to score the first points of the year”.

“We have improved last years’ Qualifying, this was our goal. Qualifying was pretty chaotic. I didn’t really know what was going on or if we had enough with my lap. There were some tense situations in Q1 and Q2, but the important thing is that my Q2 lap would have given me fifth place. It’s a shame we couldn’t repeat that in Q3”, he told televisions in Albert Park.

For the race, Carlos aims to be within the Top 10. “Tomorrow points are very possible. We’ll have to do a good start and we’ll see from there”, he concluded.

Tomorrow is the Australian Grand Prix, the first race of 2016. Formation lap will start at 06:00am Spanish time. Meteorological forecasts suggest track will be dry.