Sport Sainz ecstatic as tyre gamble pays off in China

18:35  09 april  2017
18:35  09 april  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Sainz ecstatic as tyre gamble pays off in China

  Sainz ecstatic as tyre gamble pays off in China Carlos Sainz is ecstatic after a courageous decision paid off in a big way after being the only driver to start on slick tyres during today’s Chinese Grand Prix. Many drivers experimented with different tyres as they headed to the grid as the track was still damp in some areas of the track but also very dry others but Sainz took the decision completely of his own accord despite his team’s differing advice. “What a race, I just don’t have words to describe it!,” Sainz said. “On the grid I said I wanted to start the race on slick tyres and everyone thought I was completely mad! It sounds like a funny moment now, but when everyone took the blankets off the tyres and my race engineer told me that we were the only ones the supersoft tyre I doubted my decision… “When you’re on the grid, about to start a race, and you take a tough decision like today’s, there’s a lot of weight on your shoulders, knowing that you might have blown away a good result for the team… but I then said to myself, c’mon trust yourself, it’s the right thing to do!” Despite a spin early on, Sainz battled through the pack as the cars in front jumped into the pits to head onto the tyres themselves, thanks to an early safety car period the Spaniard was even catching the leaders due to wild gamble.

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Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz admits his slick- tyred start gamble in the Chinese Grand Prix “might have blown a big result”, before his “It paid off , and sometimes when you’re in the midfield it’s worth taking these risks.” Mercedes: Bottas needs to "analyse and forget" China mistake. Next article.

Carlos Sainz is ecstatic after a courageous decision paid off in a big way after being the only driver to start on slick tyres during today’s Chinese Grand Prix.

Many drivers experimented with different tyres as they headed to the grid as the track was still damp in some areas of the track but also very dry others but Sainz took the decision completely of his own accord despite his team’s differing advice.

“What a race, I just don’t have words to describe it!,” Sainz said.

“On the grid I said I wanted to start the race on slick tyres and everyone thought I was completely mad! It sounds like a funny moment now, but when everyone took the blankets off the tyres and my race engineer told me that we were the only ones the supersoft tyre I doubted my decision…

Sainz bemoans exhaust problem after Q1 exit

  Sainz bemoans exhaust problem after Q1 exit Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz says it was a huge shame to suffer a second mechanical failure of the weekend after grinding to a halt in the first part of qualifying. The Spaniard had set the fastest first sector before he pulled off the track with an exhaust issue, his first lap time was only good enough for 16th place. Sainz admits he felt the car was performing better than in China but foresees a difficult recovery in prospect. “We really need to investigate all these problems because we lost a great chance of Q3,” he said. “I think the car is the fastest we’ve had since Australia – so a big shame. So tomorrow is time to try and recover. “It was really important and to be only able to do a couple of laps in quite unfortunate.” Asked how much ground he felt he could recover in the race, Sainz added: “I don’t know how much because obviously because this year it’s difficult to overtake, tougher to do good recoveries. “I’m going to do my best and see what I can do.

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“When you’re on the grid, about to start a race, and you take a tough decision like today’s, there’s a lot of weight on your shoulders, knowing that you might have blown away a good result for the team… but I then said to myself, c’mon trust yourself, it’s the right thing to do!”

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Despite a spin early on, Sainz battled through the pack as the cars in front jumped into the pits to head onto the tyres themselves, thanks to an early safety car period the Spaniard was even catching the leaders due to wild gamble.

“I knew the start and the first four corners were going to be very tricky and they certainly were, but from Turn 6 onwards the track was fully dry and I felt confident, the gamble definitely paid off!

Sainz bemoans exhaust problem after Q1 exit

  Sainz bemoans exhaust problem after Q1 exit Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz says it was a huge shame to suffer a second mechanical failure of the weekend after grinding to a halt in the first part of qualifying. The Spaniard had set the fastest first sector before he pulled off the track with an exhaust issue, his first lap time was only good enough for 16th place. Sainz admits he felt the car was performing better than in China but foresees a difficult recovery in prospect. “We really need to investigate all these problems because we lost a great chance of Q3,” he said. “I think the car is the fastest we’ve had since Australia – so a big shame. So tomorrow is time to try and recover. “It was really important and to be only able to do a couple of laps in quite unfortunate.” Asked how much ground he felt he could recover in the race, Sainz added: “I don’t know how much because obviously because this year it’s difficult to overtake, tougher to do good recoveries. “I’m going to do my best and see what I can do.

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“But today’s result isn’t only thanks to this decision; it’s also down to the pace that we showed in damp conditions. After the Safety Car, I saw myself catching Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes in front and I got super excited! It was just an incredible race.

“I felt so comfortable in the car today and to finally cross the line in P7 is a great result, I’d like to thank the team for the whole weekend, we can all be very happy!”

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Bottas rues missing out on front row start to Vettel .
Valtteri Bottas has rued the gap in qualifying to Sebastian Vettel as he was pipped to a front row place on the grid by just one thousandth of a second. Having lost out to Vettel in Australia by just 0.025s and now and an even smaller gap in Shanghai which equates to a measurement of just 5.9cm, however Bottas admits it’s a shame but expects to be just as close in the race. “Around one lap here, one-thousandth is not so much, It is a real shame he managed to between us. “So, yeah, that’s a shame – but the race is tomorrow, we are starting as a team first and third and it is a good place to start, weather can be anything, really, tomorrow. “Lewis was strong today and Ferrari was strong, we expected a close fight today on track and I think it will be the same case tomorrow.” While the loss of a front row start may be a shame for Bottas, he claims he is feeling more comfortable every time he gets in the W08 despite the big learning curve he is having to take on. “Definitely approaching this weekend compared to Melbourne, it was a different feeling,” Bottas added. “That one full race weekend, doing qualifying and race with a podium finish was a nice start. So I’m definitely more comfortable. “There is a big learning curve for me with everything and I feel better and better every single day and every single lap with the car.” Bottas will be looking to have a better performance in China this weekend, last year he managed fifth place on the grid in the Williams, but fell back and finished in tenth after losing out to Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz in the final laps of the race.

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