Sep 1, 2017

Carlos Sainz, eleventh despite an engine failure in Free Practice 2 at Italian GP

The Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso had to interrupt his long run

Monza, September 1st 2017.- Carlos Sainz suffered a technical failure in the second Free Practice session for the Italian Grand Prix, in which the driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso set the eleventh fastest time of the day. Carlos completed 21 laps before his car stopped on track.

The session was held in dry conditions, with no sign of rain at all despite the pessimistic weather forecasts. The air temperature was 25ºC and the track was at 33ºC.

For Carlos, today’s afternoon was especially important to prepare for Sunday. It was a good opportunity to perform long runs in weather conditions representative for the race. A mechanical failure compromised his work.

When the lights went green, the Spaniard hit the track on a set of soft tyres. It was the only compound he hadn’t tested in the morning. He wanted to check for himself its performance and wear ratio, since it be used in the race. After nine laps, he returned to the pits with a fastest time of 1:24.021.
In his second stint, Carlos switched back to the supersoft compound, the one expected to be the main star going into Saturday’s Qualifying and Sunday’s race. He set his fastest lap of the day: 1’23"150. The stint was seven-laps long.

From that moment onwards, Free Practice 2 was an uphill battle for Carlos and Toro Rosso. In the following run, the Spaniard reported an issue with his engine. His engineer gave him some indications. The driver visited the pits before doing three more laps. But the reliability issue proved to be more serious than expected. Carlos stopped his car at the Variante della Rogia with 30 minutes to go. After jumping out of the STR12, he greeted the fans and took photos with them to show his appreciation for their support.

These were Carlos’ thoughts as he returned to the paddock.
"The news of the penalty was something I knew two days ago, it was not a surprise for me. On the other hand, the engine failure didn’t allow us to complete our program. But we know we are up for a very difficult weekend, here in Monza".

"I am feeling good in the car. The car feels very, very light. We are running on very low downforce to try to compensate the engine deficit. It’s very tricky to drive the car, but is something I’m enjoying. Hopefully, we can extract the maximum out of it"

The Italian Grand Prix will continue tomorrow Saturday with the third and final Free Practice session -10:00 Spanish time-, prologue to the Qualifying session –14:00–. As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.