Carlos Sainz Jr admitted his disappointment after crashing out of Canadian Grand Prix qualifying at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve when he hit the wall of champions on his first lap in the second phase on Saturday.
The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver damaged his rear suspension in the hit, meaning he was unable to progress into the top ten shoot-out, a place he would certainly have had an opportunity to do had he not joined the long list of drivers to hit the wall on exit of the final chicane.
Sainz will start fifteenth on Sunday, and feels he has the pace to move forward after being a top-ten contender all weekend long up until his qualifying crash.
“What a shame. It had been a good weekend up until the first run of Q2, when I made a bit of a misjudgement and crashed at the Wall of Champions,” said Sainz.
“It was a small mistake, but we all know that here in Canada a very little error can end your session… The walls here are all so close! I’ve slightly touched this same wall a couple of times over the weekend, but in today’s Quali I did it in a different way, just a bit harder.
“I knew that the fight to get into Q3 was going to be tough so I pushed that extra bit more and maybe this is the reason for this mistake. Fortunately though, we are looking strong and the points are won tomorrow, so we will make sure we fight for another top ten finish in the race.”