Sainz frustrated as error costs him top ten grid slot

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Carlos Sainz Jr. was left frustrated after a mistake during the second stage of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday cost him a place in the top ten for the start of tomorrow’s race.

Sainz hit the wall at turn 19 during Q2 on Saturday night, causing damage to his car that forced him to crawl back to the pits and abandon his final flying lap in the session.

As a result, the Spaniard was left 14th overall, but he feels that a place in Q3 would have been attainable had it not been for this error.

“A disappointing way to end what was being a good qualifying session,” Sainz said. “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 ten.

“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.

“It’s something to learn from and now we just need to look forward to tomorrow, that’s when the points are given.”

Toro Rosso’s qualifying charge was led by Max Verstappen in the sister STR10 car as he made it into Q3, eventually finishing eighth in the final session.

“I’m satisfied with today’s P8,” Verstappen said. “The most important is that we are in front of our main competitors, Lotus and Force India.

“I have to say that I’m really happy with my lap, especially after FP3, where we were struggling a bit with the tires, but we managed to turn it around very quickly and have a very good qualifying session. We really maximized today’s result.

“Now I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow, there will definitely be some good fights.”

Tomorrow’s race will mark the first for both Sainz and Verstappen in Singapore since both made their debuts at the beginning of the 2015 season with Toro Rosso.

The Singapore Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.