Sainz ‘didn’t know’ he was on target for Q3 before crash

Carlos Sainz Jr was disappointed after ending his qualifying session in Singapore with a damaged car after touching the wall during Q2, meaning the Spaniard could not advance into Q3.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver was on target to break into the top ten before breaking his suspension in the final sector of the lap, but is now focused on making gains during the race to move up from fourteenth on the grid to score points for the first time since the Monaco Grand Prix in May.

“A disappointing way to end what was being a good qualifying session,” reflected Sainz. “We knew we had a car good enough to get into Q3 – my lap was actually three or four tenths quicker than the limit to get into the top ten… It’s a shame that I didn’t know that when I was in the car.

“I thought it was going to be very tight so I was pushing to the limit and unfortunately made a mistake, touching the wall. It’s something to learn from and now we just need to look forward to tomorrow, that’s when the points are given.”