May 26, 2016

Carlos Sainz closes the Top 10 in FP1 with the hardest tyres

He was the fastest with this compund, and second in terms of mileage

Monaco, 26th May 2016.- Carlos Sainz is off to a good start in the Monaco Grand Prix. The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver has managed to finish 10th in this morning's first practice session after completing 39 laps around the twisty street track in the Principality.

Carlos has only used Pirelli's soft tyre, which is paradoxically the hardest of the three diferent compounds available for this weekend. It does give an extra value for Carlos' result, as all drivers placed ahead have set their fastest times with the softest compound.

On the first set of tyres, Carlos has been able to improve constantly his laptimes as the track was cleaning and getting more grip. On the second one, another step forward in terms of speed was immediately produced, with Carlos generally placed among the ten quickest drivers.

As the session was ending, however, Carlos has missed the chance to set his fastest time of the day because of an external incident in turn One. Nico Rosberg has pulled a drain cover off after running over it, suffering a puncture in his Mercedes' left rear tyre. The loose cover was close to hitting Jenson Button's cockpit amid an extremely risky scenario, with the Briton managing to just hit the loose component as he headed into turn Two and badly damaging both his front wing and right front tyre. FIA Race Director has immediately deployed the Virtual Safety Car, which has prevented Carlos from setting his best laptime of the session after being forced to lift off on the main straight.

The controversy around the loose drain cover has caused the red flag to be deployed with still two minutes to go, marking the end of this morning's session. The organization is still analyzing if all drain covers are properly sealed without any potential damages to the driver's security before the second practice session, which will start at 14:00 (CET).