It was a qualifying session of two halves for Toro Rosso, with Carlos Sainz getting into Q3 for the second time in two weeks, while Daniil Kvyat was eliminated in Q1 after suffering an electrical issue.
The Russian had a set a time in Q1 on his first run, but with an electrical issue which forced him back to the pits he wasn’t able to go out again to defend his position. He said after qualifying, “What a shame… I suddenly lost power because of an electrical issue after my first Q1 lap, so unfortunately my qualifying session ended early today.
“I have to say that up until that point I was feeling good in the car, even if the track was constantly changing – I’m sure I would’ve easily got through to Q2. Let’s see what happens in tomorrow’s race – it should be an interesting one and we will definitely try and do our best!”
Carlos Sainz on the other hand was raving about his car after making it through to Q3, the second time in as many weeks for the Toro Rosso driver. This despite having the year old Ferrari engine, which is now suffering from the lack of development after the upgrades to the rest of the field, “I’m very pleased! It’s being a tricky weekend because of the challenging track conditions. If I say the truth, at the start of Q1 I thought it was going to be difficult to get into Q3… And here we are, P10 again for the second consecutive time in one week! It’s a massive achievement for me and the team!
“I’m feeling very confident in the car lately and I think this is part of the reason why we are achieving these positive results: I can push straight away, develop my weekend well and make it to these positions.”