He drove this afternoon but he didn’t get the chance to test the soft compound.
Barcelona, March 1st 2017.- The third day of winter testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was a tough one both for Scuderia Toro Rosso and especially Carlos Sainz himself, who only completed 32 laps as his brand new STR12 suffered a technical glitch.
The Spaniard jumped behind the wheel after the lunch break, at 14:29 to be more precise. He did an initial stint on medium tyres, and after his installation lap he went for an eight-lap run at 1’25 pace. He still went for a third run on mediums, the last one before the scheduled switch to the softer compounds.
Nevertheless, a technical issue forced him to stop at 16:00 in the second sector. To avoid stopping in the middle of the track, he pulled aside into a run-off area. He wouldn’t be driving again in the two hours that remained in the session. Carlos’ fastest lap was 1’23"952 and he completed it on medium tyres. With 32 laps for Carlos and 31 for his teammate, Toro Rosso finished the day with 63 in total.
The Spaniard was positive despite the trouble experienced today. "The feeling I was getting in those laps was positive. The bad thing is that we stopped just when we were upping up our pace for the first time. It’s a shame, because we have to do mileage and sadly we haven’t completed as much as we would have hoped for".
"I parked my car in the run-off area because the engine stopped all of a sudden. Now they have opened the power unit up and are looking into the matter to see what happened".
Carlos will drive tomorrow in the afternoon session. "We must put miles to the car, it is the goal of this test. Later in the second week we will use the softer compounds and see how our car behaves compared to the rest. It is true that today we wanted to do more and we couldn’t. We want to drive continuously, clocking 10-15 lap stints and driving for two or three hours non-stop, and evaluate things like tyre-wear. I can’t wait to get into the rhythm".
With more laps, Carlos will be able to fine-tune his car. His thoughts are positive. "The car is still very young. Each time I am at the wheel I feel the confidence to push, although I have tested on mediums and those are quite hard in these winter temperatures. What I am missing is the chance to fine-tune it better to my driving-style, then make the 110% out of the car. It gives me confidence in fast corners".
Tomorrow, Carlos will take part in the Pirelli wet test. This is not bad news for the Spaniard, who is eager to discover how the new compounds behave. He is also expecting some dry mileage. "It doesn’t matter the amount of water they use, it will dry up quickly and maybe we can do a few laps in the dry. We have to drive a lot, still".
Tomorrow it will be the fourth and final day of the first week of winter testing. We will follow it live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.