TORO ROSSO ROOKIES: Max Verstappen will start the 2015 Australian GP in 12th place behind team mate and fellow rookie Carlos Sainz jnr in 8th. Both their respective fathers were present in Melbourne. Image: AP / Rob Griffith
MELBOURNE, Australia - The proudest dads in Australia were in the Toro Rosso garage at the Albert Park racetrack on Saturday (March 13) to watch qualifying for the first Formula 1 race of the 2015 season.
Carlos Sainz (52) and a World Rally series legend, was arguably proudest after his son and namesake out-qualified the team's sister car on debut - but he was also possibly also the most nervous.
'I NEED TO GIVE HIM SPACE'
Sainz told German television RTL said: "When you drive yourself. You have everything under control. Here I can only watch - I prefer when I'm driving myself."
Also present was Jos Verstappen (43), whose personal- best lap around the Melbourne layout has already been bettered by his high-profile 17-year-old son Max.
The former Arrows and Minardi driver said: "We're very satisfied. He is completely relaxed - it is his first race, but he is calm.
"We discuss everything together but I need to give him a bit of space."
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