Nov 24, 2017

Carlos Sainz, after Free Practice at Abu Dhabi: "Our race pace is good"

The driver of Renault Sport F1 Team was compromise by yellow flags on his best lap

Yas Marina, November 24th 2017.- Carlos Sainz set the thirteenth fastest time of the second Free Practice session at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Spaniard of Renault Sport F1 Team completed an intensive run-plan, with a total of 38 laps around the Yas Marina Circuit. He did multiple long-runs in preparation for the last race of the season.

Free Practice 2 is a very important session in Abu Dhabi, because it is the only time of the weekend when drivers are allowed to drive in night conditions, in the same light and temperatures that they will encounter later in Saturday’s Qualifying and Sunday’s Grand Prix.

Carlos felt content with his day in the office, in which he completed 38 laps around the circuit. Most of them where on the ultrasoft compound, a compound that he hadn’t tested in the morning session.

The Spaniard left the garage as the session commenced. He did so on a set of supersoft tyres. Without any installation laps whatsoever, he completed an eight-lap run to move up to tenth. His first timed-lap was 1:42.281, but he later improved to 1:41.168 and then to 1:40.973.

After a short visit to the pits, he reappeared on ultrasoft tyres and established his fastest time of the day: 1:40.201. He did five laps on that set before returning to the Pit-Lane. 

From then on, his run-plan was based on long runs. After a 14-lap stint on ultrasofts, he did six laps on supersofts. Before the chequered flag, he returned to the ultrasoft option for a final four laps.

The driver of Renault Sport F1 Team is happy with his performance today.

"Today everything went fairly well, I felt comfortable in the car. In Free Practice 1 we were able to test some new aero bits, although I would have loved to run more. We were quicker in the afternoon. The track changed a lot when the night fell. I think we were a bit better than in the last few races, although I found a yellow flag in the third sector of my flying lap on ultrasofts and I had to give it up".

The track changes a lot throughout the day. "You are faster each time you are on-track. Tyres suffer less and you can push more, and you get quicker as the day advances. It’s quite fun. Today it was quite windy, there was some sand in the track. This circuit is a challenge, but I think we can do well and we will give our very best so we can score the points that the team needs in this race", he concluded.

The Abu Dhabi GP will continue tomorrow Saturday with the third and final Free Practice session, which will begin at 14:00 local time (11:00 Spanish time). Qualifying will follow at 17:00 (14:00). As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.