May 9, 2015

Sainz in Spain Grand Prix, qualifying

Great lap of Toro Rosso's driver standing among the best on the grid at Montmelo

Carlos Sainz: "Wow! What a result! This is something very special and I'm very, very happy! A P5 and a P6 is an amazing achievement for the whole team. I wasn't totally comfortable with the car up until the qualifying session, but then in Q1's first run the car was right where I wanted it, I was feeling very confident and was able to build on that and score a very nice result. I can only put this down to a lot of hard work and analysis, and I have to thank the team for this. It won't be easy to finish the race in the top five, but it's free to dream and we will try our best to end the race in the highest position possible. I'm also very happy to be starting tomorrow's race from P5 here at home in Barcelona, in front of my home crowd. I could see all the fans cheering, it was a great feeling and I'd like to thank them all for their support. Let's push for a good result in the race tomorrow!"


Ben Waterhouse (Deputy Technical Director): "What a fantastic result for us today! Both drivers did an exceptional job to deliver an extraordinary performance. We did our homework last night and made good improvements for today, and by the time we got to Q3 both Carlos and Max had extracted the best out of the car. I think we should all be very pleased with the work the team has done so far, both here at the track as well as back home in Faenza and Bicester. However this is only a portion of the job and there's no points on a Saturday. We now have to make sure we prepare well for tomorrow's race. We've done a good job to put ourselves in the best position, but we still have a lot to deliver and I look forward to tomorrow!"

STARTING GRID
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.681s -
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.948s 0.267s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m25.458s 0.777s
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m25.694s 1.013s
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.136s 1.455s
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.249s 1.568s
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.414s 1.733s
8 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m26.629s 1.948s
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m26.757s 2.076s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m26.770s 2.089s
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m27.375s 2.694s
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m27.450s 2.769s
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m27.760s 3.079s
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m27.854s 3.173s
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.005s 3.324s
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.112s 3.431s
17 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m28.365s 3.684s
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m28.442s 3.761s
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m31.200s 6.519s
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m32.038s 7.357s