Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz said that he misjudged the final chicane before the main straight which led to him crashing out of qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Spaniard hit his right rear tyre on the Wall of Champions at the end of his first flying lap during Q2, with the front of the car following the rear into the wall as the Toro Rosso scraped along the wall on the main straight.
“To sum up a bit what went through my mind in that qualifying, obviously we were very strong in P3 and immediately when I started putting laps in Q1 I saw that we were a bit far off. A bit like we expected because we knew in qualifying that the Mercedes-engined teams were going to do a step but I was feeling a bit gutted,” said Sainz.
“We were pretty comfortable to be in Q3 in P3 and now in qualifying we are not there. In Q2 I just went for it because I really wanted that Q3 and I just kind of closed my eyes a bit and went for it.
“After three or four corners I was actually flying during that lap. My plan was to do that lap [on my second run] in Q2 but after three or four corners I saw on the dash I was already two-tenths quicker and I didn’t expect that. So I thought ‘this might be the lap – Q2 run one – that takes me into Q3 so I better keep doing what I’m doing and go for it’.
“It was perfect until the last 200 metres but I clipped the wall. It was a miscalculation and avoidable because I thought I had enough space but then I saw the replay and actually the car is sliding and the rear wheel is touching when my front is not at all and this is what brings me back to the wall.”
Sainz’s early exit from qualifying will see him line up on the grid in 15th position, after his teammate Daniil Kvyat will take a three-place grid penalty after his incident with Kevin Magnussen at the Monaco Grand Prix.
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