Carlos Sainz Jr: “I’m very satisfied with my lap in Q3”

Carlos Sainz Jr secured eighth place on the grid for his home Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday, and admitted it was the best he could have hoped for.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver took his Ferrari-powered STR11 into the top ten shootout in Spain for a second consecutive season, and insists Sunday’s race should be an interesting one, and will be looking for a top ten finish in front of his Spanish fans at the Circuit de Catalunya.

“I’m very happy with today’s qualifying!” said Sainz. “We’ve been strong the whole weekend so far and today’s P8 was the maximum we could hope for, and we did it – I’m very satisfied with my lap in Q3.

“Tomorrow’s race will be a very interesting one, and to start from the fourth row in front of my home crowd is something I’m looking forward to. To race on home soil is always special, something that I’ve been dreaming of since I was four years old, when I started to watch Formula 1.

“To finally be here, living the dream, is an awesome feeling and I will try and enjoy myself and put on a good show for all the fans out there.”