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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2015 Rolex Australian Grand Prix #FP3 / #Qualifying report Saturday 14 March @AlbertPark Melbourne Carlos Sainz 8th Max Verstappen 12h

2015 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 14 /03/2015

Carlos Sainz (STR10 - 04, Car 55)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1: 29.869 , pos. 9th , 19 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1: 29.597 , (Q2) 1: 28.601 , (Q3 ) 1:28.510 pos. 8th 

“I’m very happy, it feels great to be starting my first ever Formula 1 race from P8 on the grid tomorrow! It was quit e a smooth qualifying session a part from Q1, where I made a small mistake , b ut I didn’t let that affect me and from then onwards everything went really well. I just kept foc us ed and tuned the car to my liking to extract its full potential. I feel very comfortable in the car, I’m really enjoying myself a lot. It’s difficult to know what to expect tomorrow, as it will be my first race , but I’m looking forward to it. I t will su rely be a bit of an adventure but this is what I’ve been preparing myself for the whole winter and I feel ready.”

Max Verstappen (STR10 - 03, Car 33)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1 :29.952 , pos. 11th , 16 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1: 29.248 , (Q2) 1: 28.868 , pos. 12th

“Today’s final practice was good for me to get back ru nning again and try some different set - up s, so it was very useful before going into qualifying. I felt good in the car from the start and did a good Q1. The first run in Q2 was reas onable, even though I had something stuck in my bac k so my shoulder hurt a bit. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good lap because the tyres were not ready. During th e second push - lap, I made a mistake out of Turn 4, where I went a bit too wide and lost the re ar, losing quite a lot of time. It’s a shame but I c an’t change any of this now. I look forward to tomorrow, my first ever Formula 1 race. The car is working well and hopefully we wi ll be able to score some points as we have a good race pace.”

James Key ( Technical Director)

“What’s important to highlight from today is the fact that it was both Max and Carlos’ first ever Formula 1 qualifying session. It was a new experience for them in a very tightly - packed environment he re and slightly trickier conditions out on track than what we’ve had all weekend. So it was a challenge for them but they managed to keep it together, they built - up extremely well with each new set of tyres and they adapted to the programme extremely well. Most of our work leading up to toda y has been on long - runs, tyre management and race performance, so to go into qualifying and do as well as they did I think is excellent. It was tough for Max not to get into Q3, he had a little bit of a mistake in his Q2 run which cost him a couple of tent hs which would’ve been enough to make the cut, but I’m sure he will be more than okay tomorrow. Carlos did an outstanding job to get into Q3 in his first ever qualifying session. To be P8 is go od, this is a strong start for tomorrow.”