Carlos Sainz Jr: “To cross the line in P8 is a result we can be happy with”


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Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr, finished the 2016 British Grand Prix in a respectable eighth place, but as with many F1 drivers this weekend, the Spaniard felt he could have done better.

“I’m pleased with my race today, it was a decent one. We had a very good first half of the race in the wet and mixed conditions – we were fast, the car felt amazing and at one point I was racing in P6.”

The 21-year-old was one of a number of drivers to be caught out by a damp patch at Turn 1, which remained slippery throughout the race. It was only thanks to some excellent rallying skills, possibly picked up from his well-known father; that he was able to expertly save the spin and keep the STR going on track.

“Unfortunately I made a mistake going into Turn 1 – I’m not very happy about that! From that moment onwards I had to calm myself down and reset my confidence a bit. I kept my head down and to cross the line in P8 is a result we can be happy with, even though it’s a shame that we were not able to beat the Force India’s.

To come home in eighth place is a good result for the Faenza based squad, and makes that five top ten finishes from the last six races for Sainz Jr, who has thoroughly outperformed team-mate Daniil Kvyat so far this season.

“Having said that, this is the fifth time we score points in the last six races, so we are definitely going in the right direction and we just need to keep pushing.

“The next race in Hungary should suit our car well so I’m looking forward to another good fight for points!”