Carlos Sainz Jr: “We definitely needed a good qualifying”


Carlos Sainz Jr - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Carlos Sainz Jr was delighted with the outcome of qualifying at Silverstone after qualifying inside the top ten on Saturday.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso initially qualified eighth, but will move up a spot to seventh once Sebastian Vettel takes his penalty, with Sainz believing that the team deserved a good qualifying session this weekend after a number of disappointing results in recent events.

The Spaniard feels Sunday’s British Grand Prix might be a tricky one however, feeling the race pace of the Toro Rosso may not be as strong as some of their rivals, but is still eager to score as many points as possible.

“I’m extremely happy with today’s qualifying result, especially after having had quite a tough Friday yesterday,” said Sainz.

“We stayed until late last night to analyse all the data, we made a few changes on the car and today I felt very comfortable – we found half a second of performance that gave us the opportunity to fight for Q3.

“It’s incredible how tight the midfield is, but I did a good lap, managed to get that extra tenth and be the top car of the midfield teams. To start from P7 tomorrow is a great achievement for the whole team and I like to thank everyone for their constant hard work. We definitely needed a good qualifying after three comebacks in the last races!

“Tomorrow we start in a very good position, on the clean side of the grid, and hopefully we can keep going forward – it will be a tricky race for us as the cars around us have better pace, but we will definitely try to beat our competitors and fight for as many points as possible.”