Carlos Sainz Jr was naturally disappointed after spinning out of qualifying at the Circuit of the Americas and creating work for his mechanics to do in the three-hours before the start of the race after damaging the front end of his car.
The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver lost control at turn three on just his second quick lap, appearing to hit and kerb and hitting the barriers, with the Spaniard apologising to his team for the accident, which he believes will make him stronger in the long run.
“I’m disappointed, obviously,” said Sainz. “We had shown good pace in the wet during the weekend, but when I arrived to Turn 3 there was so much standing water that I just aquaplaned, lost the car and couldn’t do anything about it.
“It’s a shame that it happened at the corner where the wall is the closest to you and I couldn’t manage to avoid it – if not it would’ve been a simple spin and I would’ve been able to continue! But this sport is sometimes like this.
“I’m a rookie and I just need to learn from this mistake, which will make me stronger. I’m very sorry for the guys in the garage, who will now have to work against time and get the car ready for the race. We have the pace to move forward and I hope to reward the team with a good result!”