Carlos Sainz Jnr says he could have made it into Q3 had he not made a “rookie mistake”.
“Getting into Q3 was more than possible,” said Sainz afterwards, “and we could’ve ended up with a great result”.
“We were looking very good, very sharp, but unfortunately I made a rookie mistake at turn 14 and I locked up when it was starting to rain, losing all chances to get through to Q3.
“If this rain hadn’t arrived, we would’ve surely been up there. But these things can happen, we need to stay positive and learn from mistakes.”
Toro Rosso technical director James Key praised his driver: “Carlos was flying in the dry conditions, he was really good and looked promising for Q3”.
“Unfortunately that first lap on the [medium] tyres in Q2 was extremely unpredictable. We have to remember that our guys had never driven here in the wet before while all the people around them had, so they had to judge it as best as they could.
“Both drivers did a great job, but Carlos just missed it in Turn 14 and if not, he would’ve got through just fine together with Max [Verstappen]. It’s a real shame, because he had looked strong all day.
“Max did an outstanding job considering that we’ve never faced these conditions with him in the past and he nailed it. To be starting from the third row here is excellent.”
2015 Malaysian Grand Prix
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- Power unit problem delayed Grosjean in Malaysia