Apr 7, 2017

Carlos Sainz after Free Practice 2 at the Chinese GP: “It was like seating in my sofa at home”

Poor visibility left the Spaniard with no running on his Toro Rosso

Shanghai, April 7th 2017.- Free Practice 2 for the Chinese Grand Prix could not get underway or, to be more precise, drivers were not allowed to complete a single lap around the Shanghai International Circuit, as the medical helicopter was unable to land at the local hospital due to poor weather conditions.

Carlos Sainz and his Toro Rosso STR12 waited patiently in pits, but fog persisted all through the session. Race Direction kept in touch with the hospital, but visibility didn’t improve at any point.

Carlos returns to the hotel having completed only five laps, all of them in a Free Practice 1, which was already compromised by two lengthy red flag periods. Nevertheless, the Spaniard is not worried as he knows that his rivals are in the exact same condition as him.

These were his words as he got out of the STR12: "Very particular Friday. Conditions were not good enough for the helicopter to fly. In Free Practice 1 at least we managed to do an installation lap and check the car, check that everything was working fine", Carlos explained.

"In FP2 there was no running. I spent one hour and a half seating in my car watching all the people that appeared on TV today. It was like seating in my sofa at home watching TV, but at least I am comfortable in my seat".

If everything goes according to the plan from now on, drivers will only have 60 minutes of practice before Qualifying. "Free Practice will be intense, for sure. And for the rest… It is the same for everyone. It will be a tough weekend from now onwards, as there is a lot to learn, but it is the same for everyone", he concluded.

The third and final Free Practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix will begin tomorrow at 06:00 CET. It will be the prologue to the Qualifying session, which will commence at 09:00. We will follow them both live via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.