Jul 22, 2016

A technical glitch shortens Carlos Sainz's Free Practice 2 in Hungary

He'll work together with his engineers to improve the car for tomorrow

Mogyoród, July 22nd 2016.- Carlos Sainz's outing in Free Practice 2 for the Hungarian Grand Prix finished earlier than he expected, as with 12 minutes still to go he suffered a technical issue. The Spaniard was 13th on the time-sheets thanks to a 1'22"689 lap. He did 24 laps in total, a few less than what both he and Scuderia Toro Rosso would have hoped for, although they still were able to test the soft and the supersoft compounds by Pirelli.

At the early stages of the session, Carlos ran on a brand new set of soft tyres. He completed six laps on them before moving to the supersoft choice, on which he set his fastest lap of the day and then carried on with a six-lap long stint.

A few minutes later, the Spaniard went out again on the very same set. He did another nine laps, this time replicating race conditions. He tried something similar in his final stint, but just a lap after leaving the Pit-Lane something went wrong at the back of his STR11. He locked the brakes coming into Turn 1 and stopped his car at the run-off as his day came to a close.

Toro Rosso is studying right now the causes of the technical issue. Meanwhile, these are the thoughts of the driver:

"It wasn't an easy day for us. We haven't found the optimum set-up, as happened to us in Silverstone, so I'm looking forward to a long night of work together with the engineers to study what changes are the best. On the other hand, it's a shame that I couldn't finish my last run because of that technical issue, but it's always better to have these gremlins on Friday's Free Practice, as there's still room to readjust everything before qualifying".

At the end of the session, Carlos was requested to go to Race Direction because he had stepped into the white line that marks the entrance to the Pit-Lane. He was given a reprimand for that action, so he hasn't received any penalties in terms of time or grid positions.

Tomorrow, work resumes with the third and final Free Practice session for the Hungarian GP. It will begin at 11:00 Spanish time. We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.