Carlos Sainz Jr was expecting a bit more than sixteenth for the Malaysian Grand Prix after qualifying in sixth for the Singapore Grand Prix two weeks earlier.
The Scuderia Toro Rosso qualified just behind team-mate Daniil Kvyat. Compared to his performance in qualifying at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, this position is quite disappointing as it’s a massive ten places lower. Sainz will move on from this performance on Sunday and try to keep improving.
If he doesn’t try and improve, it will be a tough end to the 2016 Formula 1 season. At the Sepang International Circuit, the Spaniard will push himself like crazy, and insists he would welcome some rain as he believes this could spice up the Grand Prix.
“Today’s qualifying just shows how much our grid position can vary depending on the track layout,” said Sainz. “After last qualifying session in Singapore we were P6 and here, two weeks later, we are P16.
“Just because of the time we spend flat out through the lap. If I’m honest, I’m not very happy, as I was expecting a bit more than P16 today, but this is how it is – we just need to take it and try to keep improving, because if not, it’s going to be a tough end to the season.
“Tomorrow I will push like crazy, as always, try to do a good start and move forward. We’ll see where we end up. Some rain would also be welcome for the race, as it could spice things up a bit!”