Carlos Sainz says that Toro Rosso has to start to get qualifying right in order to take full advantage of the pace of the STR11.
The Spaniard put in a charging drive to eighth in Austria, but he was compromised by starting only 15 th after hitting engine problems in qualifying. That came on the back of qualifying dramas in the previous two races.
“It’s good, but it showed that we need to start doing better Saturdays, because the pace in the race is there,” he said. “Unfortunately we’ve been on three consecutive Saturdays having problems – me in Canada crashing, Baku with the brakes, and here with the engine. Hopefully in Silverstone we can return to the top 10 in quali, and from there do better races, because at the moment we have to recover too much in every race.”
Sainz lost out in Austria when he pitted as the safety car led the field through the pit lane, and had to wait before he was released. From 17 th immediately after the safety car he was eighth by the flag.
“We recovered a lot of sports at the start, and then we lost them all at the second pit stop, because of the traffic in the pitlane. And then from second to last I had to recover to eighth, so it was good fun, I enjoyed it a lot. Unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of top speed, but with the good chassis, we could recover.”