Sainz ‘cannot be more happy’ with P6

Date published: November 14 2016

Carlos Sainz couldn't be more happy with his sixth place in Sunday's Brazilian GP as it came at a time when Toro Rosso were not expecting to score any points.

Sainz made the most of the tricky wet conditions at the Interlagos circuit and worked his way up to fourth at the second red flag as many of those who had been ahead of him had pitted for intermediate tyres.

The Spaniard was unable to hold onto the position as he was overtaken late in the grand prix by first Max Verstappen and then Sebastian Vettel.

Sainz, though, was still delighted with his P6 on the day.

"I don't mind, I'm so happy with P6," he said. "P4 was maybe possible – well, no, it wasn't possible with those five laps extra, with the extremes [wets] like an inter, like a slick, you were aquaplaning like it was a slick.

"We stayed out there, we made it to the finish without mistakes.

"I cannot be more happy. We were 2.5 seconds off the top runners [in the dry], today to suddenly match their pace in the wet, it just shows that our car is actually quite decent, that we did an excellent job to perform for P6.

"And I cannot be more happy, for Toro Rosso to bring home eight points when no one was expecting any more points for the rest of the season is unbelievable."