Carlos Sainz Jr: “A bit of a disappointing day for me”

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Carlos Sainz Jr is disappointed with his performance on Saturday for the European Grand Prix after a decent Friday.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver didn’t feel confident under breaking with the STR11 after the engineers fitted new brakes on Saturday. With a lot of traffic during Q2 of qualifying, Sainz was unable to set a time worthy of reaching Q3. Finishing the session in thirteenth behind the Sahara Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.

The Spaniard is hopeful of another good comeback as he is convinced that with a clever strategy and quick pit-stops the Faenza-based outfit can manage it.

“A bit of a disappointing day for me,” said Sainz. “It’s a shame, because we had a decent Friday and I was feeling good.

“We had new brakes on the car today and unfortunately I wasn’t feeling as confident as yesterday under braking. Maybe this could be a reason why in qualifying I just didn’t manage to extract the most out of the car… and if you also add the fact that there was a lot of traffic, in the end it wasn’t possible to get into Q3.

“Let’s see what we are capable of doing tomorrow, hopefully we can do another good comeback – it can be a very crazy race here, so I’m convinced that with a clever strategy and quick pit-stops we can manage it! All in all, we need to stay optimistic because tomorrow can certainly be a better day.”