Change of conditions costs Sainz top ten chance


After being a top ten contender throughout the weekend at the Hungaroring, the qualifying session did not quite work out how Carlos Sainz Jr was hoping on Saturday, with the young Spaniard qualifying only twelfth on the grid.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver admitted that he had been feeling confidence and comfortable with the team throughout the weekend, but due to a change in conditions, he struggled in qualifying. Despite this setback, he insists he will do his best to finish the race inside the points.

“I had been quite comfortable with the car the whole weekend, we were looking strong,” said Sainz. “However, in today’s qualifying session the conditions changed, as well as the feeling with the car, especially with the brakes, compared to yesterday.

“All this made me lose my references and I just couldn’t get into a rhythm, so unfortunately I struggled to put a qualifying lap together. We really didn’t expect to find ourselves in this position as we knew we had the potential to make it into the top ten. We need to analyse this and focus on tomorrow’s race.

“It’s not the easiest of tracks to overtake, but we said the same about Monaco and I was able to finish in the points after having started from the pit-lane, so anything is possible tomorrow and we will fight as hard as possible for more points.”