Carlos Sainz Jr: “Not the best of qualifying sessions for me”

Carlos Sainz - Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil (Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Carlos Sainz Jr, the young Scuderia Toro Rosso driver, had a difficult qualifying session at today’s Brazilian Grand Prix, finishing in fifteenth position, and unusually for him, behind his team-mate, Daniil Kvyat.

Not the best of qualifying sessions for me, but not the worst either,” commented Sainz, who seemingly is remaining optimistic about both his performance and that of the car, knowing that the team is now in a significant power-deficit due to the 2015 Scuderia Ferrari power unit. “We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy one and that we were going to struggle a bit at this track.  Q3 was just too difficult to get into today.

My start to the session was okay and I put in a good lap time in Q1, but from that point onwards we didn’t really improve anymore and we were out in Q2.

Putting the disappointing qualifying behind him, Sainz appears optimistic and is looking forwards to tomorrow.

We will now have to analyse this, see why we couldn’t find any lap time there, and get ready for tomorrow,”
said Sainz.  “I think it will be an interesting race – in dry conditions it will be tricky for us to fight for points but if it rains anything can happen and I also enjoy it in the wet…  I will definitely do a rain dance before going to bed tonight!”