Carlos Sainz Jr. was pleased with eighth place in Sunday’s British Grand Prix after taking the fight to the Ferrari, Williams and Force India drivers at Silverstone.
Sainz started seventh for Toro Rosso and managed to hold onto the position as the track dried and drivers made the switch from wet to slick tires.
Sainz briefly got ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen for P6, but was unable to hold back the Finn after running wide at Turn 1 on the damp patches.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg also got past Sainz, leaving the Spaniard to settle for eighth at the flag.
Nevertheless, Sainz was delighted with the result, having taken the fight to many quicker teams with his Toro Rosso car.
“[It was a] good day. The first half was amazing for me,” Sainz told NBCSN after the race.
“Lots of battling in the mixed conditions. Managed to get past Raikkonen, [I] was catching up. But it was so hard in Turn 1. Then I had to come down a bit.
“In the end P8 is very good. We’re happy to take it to Williams and Ferrari. The Force Indias though were a bit too good for us.”
The race started behind the safety car due to the damp conditions, but parts of the track remained wet throughout the grand prix.
“It was very, very tricky because there were some wet patches,” Sainz said.
“Turn 1 and the last two corners had a bunch of wet patches. Doesn’t allow you to feel much grip.
“Then I lost the car when I was a bit too quick! Had to reset the confidence.”
Toro Rosso teammate Daniil Kvyat finished the race 10th, battling from 15th on the grid to pick up the final point on offer at Silverstone.
“We fought our way back to the points. Felt I deserved more this weekend on my side of the garage,” Kvyat told NBCSN.
“We stuck the medium after the start, then went to the end with no major issues. Our pace was comparable for Ferrari. Many things to analyze but it wasn’t so bad.
“Mixed feelings about the start [behind the safety car]. One part was OK, but a couple places where the standing water was massive.”