Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr. felt the Hungarian Grand Prix was the best race of the season so far for the Faenza based squad, and was happy to go into the summer break on such a positive note.
The Spaniard had a strong qualifying session on the Saturday to line-up ninth on the grid, and although he initially got a blinding start to move him up to sixth, he dropped behind McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team driver and childhood hero Fernando Alonso during the race to seventh place, but that was still a great result for the 22-year-old.
“A great race! I managed to do a very good start, went around the outside of both McLarens into Turn 1 and held onto my position into Turn 2.
“At this point, I saw that maybe I was also capable of getting a Mercedes, but I decided to back-off a bit and play it safe because the work was done.
“From then onwards it was a very tough task to defend from Fernando, as he was much faster than us today. In the end, he got past us but I’m happy to have been able to hold on to that seventh position… “
Sainz Jr. described the result as being like a big win for Toro Rosso, the Spaniard having scored points in just one of the four previous races, primarily due to DNF’s.
“For us this is like gold at the moment! All in all, it’s been a very positive weekend with a perfect Quali yesterday, a fantastic start and race today…“
The 22-year-old is now looking forward to the second half of the year, after a well-deserved break.
“I can now go on holiday happy and very satisfied with my first half of the season – I’ve ended up in the points in every race I’ve finished up until now, which is a good statistic to hold onto, and I’m enjoying this mid-field battle.
“I look forward to the second half of the year!”