Jun 9, 2017

Carlos Sainz, close to the Top 10 in Free Practice 2 at Canadian GP

He recovered the lack of FP1 mileage with an intense work program

Montreal, June 9th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished thirteenth in the second Free Practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix, in which the Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso achieved a fastest time of 1:14.621 to finish just a tenth short from the tenth place. He completed 43 laps in total.

After the technical problems experienced during his installation lap in Free Practice 1, which prevented Carlos from working as expected, the Spaniard faced the second session willing to make up for the lost mileage. His mechanics worked against the clock to repair the car and their effort proved effective.

As soon as the lights went green, Carlos hit the track on a set of supersoft tyres. He started the afternoon with serenity and a 14-lap run to evaluate the tyre wear and the performance of the red compound.

Halfway into the session, the Spaniard fitted the ultrasoft tyres for the very first times as he aimed for a fast lap. In his first stint, which was ten laps long, he steadily picked-up his pace and stopped the clock at a 1:14.621. After a drive through the pits, he completed two stints of eight and seven laps on used ultrasofts. After a red flag period caused by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, the Spaniard rejoined the action on used supersoft for a final two laps.
As he got out of his STR12, Carlos expressed his mixed views about the Friday.

"FP2 was all about catching up after unfortunately missing out on FP1 – obviously, this isn't the ideal track for this to happen, so we needed to do a lot of laps and build it up nicely this afternoon. The catch-up will continue tomorrow in FP3 because one session is not enough to fully recover. We will now keep pushing and get ready for tomorrow!", he said.

Formula 1 will return to the streets of Montreal tomorrow with the third and final Free Practice session, which will be held at 11:00 local time (17:00 Spanish Time). Qualifying will begin at 13:00 (19:00). As always, we will keep track of Carlos’ progress via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.