Sainz hails Toro Rosso turnaround

By on Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Carlos Sainz Jr hailed Toro Rosso's progress after he qualified in ninth position for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Sainz Jr. was only 17th quickest during the final practice session earlier on Saturday but recovered to make it into Q3, where he beat Lotus' Romain Grosjean.

"Probably it was the less expected Q3 of the year, I even thought this was going to be the toughest and most difficult to achieve after what we had seen in FP3," he said

"But we did a mega turnaround and we went for it. Everything worked out and I’m very satisfied with the result. For tomorrow’s race, our race pace should be the same or even better than our qualifying pace, so it gives me quite a good feeling for tomorrow.

"We have a balanced car that’s good through the high-speed corners and gentle on the tyres, but if we get into battles it can become a bit tricky."

Team-mate Max Verstappen was the slowest of the Q2 participants and will start the race from 15th place.

"I suffered from a bit too much understeer on the car and that’s never great for a qualifying lap on new tyres, but hopefully this will help to save the rear tyres more in the race tomorrow," he said.

"We’ll do our best to do a good start and make the most of the fact that we have one more set of Soft tyres available."

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