Mar 8, 2017

Carlos Sainz completes Toro Rosso's highest mileage day in testing

With 92 laps in total, he drove on Softs and Supersoft tyres for the very first time

Barcelona, March 8th 2017.—The sixth day of the 2017 Formula 1 winter testing went underway with Carlos Sainz behind the wheel of the Toro Rosso STR12 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The Spaniard hadn’t driven since Wednesday but today turned out to be the day with the most mileage for the Faenza-based team, with Carlos covering 92 laps in total.

Carlos set his fastest time (1:21.872) on soft tyres and finished the day ninth among the fourteen drivers that took place in today’s session. The driver felt happy with the progresses the team has done so far, although he still feels the need to recover from last week’s issues. "It was much better than last week. We could get into the rhythm and test things lap after lap, run after run. We are pretty happy, but we know we are still behind on our program due to last week’s issues. There’s still a lot to recover", he said after leaving his STR12.

Small details related to the young age of the new car are the root of the cause of the lack of rhythm. “We understand our engine well, both ourselves and Renault. It is just that there are a few problems, most of them have been solved this week but there are still some that persist. We as Toro Rosso also have some small details. The good thing is that we covered many more laps than last week and each time with a better rhythm”.

Carlos is fully focused in the two remaining days. “The last two days are very important now, because they will be the last ones both for Daniil and myself before Australia. We will have to tick many things, like for example covering a race simulation”, Carlos concluded.

Today’s track program began three minutes before 10:00 am, when Carlos did his first installation lap. Half an hour later, he covered his first run at a 1:23 pace. He quickly moved to supersofts, which he hadn’t tested before in this preseason. For the following one he changed to softs, the compound he used the most despite he hadn’t run on them before. He set his fastest lap five minutes prior to the lunch break, a 1:21.872 lap set on soft Pirellis. He completed 46 laps in the morning session.

After the lunch break, the Spaniard returned to the track at 02:40 pm with stints ranging from five to ten laps. Almost one hour later, he run again –on softs– as he covered a 16-lap stint. It is the longest run the Italian team has covered so far.

45 minutes before the chequered flag, Carlos switched again to supersofts for a short run before practicing pit-stops. He finished with 92 laps.

Winter testing will continue tomorrow in the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, although Carlos won’t be behind the wheel of the STR12. He will lend the seat to his teammate Daniil Kvyat before returning once again on the eighth and final day of practice. We will follow him live via and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.