‘Annoying’ power unit issues hampers Sainz

Bahrain Grand Prix – A problem with the Renault power unit prevented Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz from challenging for a place in the top ten.

With the fastest first sector of anybody in his final run in Q1, Carlos Sainz was on course for a place in the second part of qualifying until a power unit issue forced him to stop on-track.

The problem resulted in Q1 elimination with Sainz finishing the session in sixteenth place.

Speaking after qualifying, the Toro Rosso driver believed that their pace would have been good enough for a place in the top ten shootout.

“How frustrating and annoying! We lost a great chance today of getting into Q3 – I’d say the top 8 was possible,” said Sainz. 

“I’m disappointed, as I was doing a great Quali. We had got up to speed very quickly after yesterday’s problems and I was coming very fast, but another reliability issue puts us only P16 on the grid.

“The only positive is that the race is tomorrow and we can still fight for something. I think the car has a lot of potential here and it feels faster than ever since Australia, so it’s a real shame that I had to stop the car in Q1.”

Team-mate Daniil Kvyat fared better, but was left disappointed after an error in the final moments of Q2 meant he narrowly missed out on a place in the top ten.

“It was another very tight qualifying session and we came very close to getting into Q3 – unfortunately I made a mistake and went off at the last corner during my fastest Q2 lap,” conceded Kvyat.

“I’m really sorry for all the guys, they would have deserved to be in the top 10. Nevertheless, the car is capable of being up there consistently, which is very pleasing.

“Tomorrow we get to start from P11, which is good from a strategic point of view as we can choose what tyres to start the race on – we should be able to fight for some points from there tomorrow.”

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Luke Murphy

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