Sainz on course for Q3 until contact

By on Saturday, September 19, 2015
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Carlos Sainz Jr. says that he was on course to secure a space in Q3 when he made contact with the wall on the exit of Turn 19, scuppering his lap.

Sainz was attempting to join Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen in the top 10 but slid wide in the final sector, clipping the wall and causing damage to his STR10.

"We knew we had a car good enough to get into Q3 – my lap was actually three or four tenths quicker than the limit to get into the top 10," said Sainz, who will start from 14th position.

"It’s a shame that I didn’t know that when I was in the car. I thought it was going to be very tight so I was pushing to the limit and unfortunately made a mistake, touching the wall."

Verstappen went on to qualify in eighth position, despite a wild moment at the final corner.

"The most important is that we are in front of our main competitors, Lotus and Force India," said the youngster.

"I have to say that I’m really happy with my lap, especially after FP3, where we were struggling a bit with the tyres, but we managed to turn it around very quickly and have a very good qualifying session."

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