Carlos Sainz, eleventh in Free Practice 1 in Mexico GP
Mexico City, October 27th 2017.- Carlos Sainz completed 24 flawless laps around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in the first practice session of the Mexico GP. The Spaniard of Renault Sport F1 Team set the eleventh fastest time, just two thousands of a seconds shy from the other RS17 on track.
Practice went underway under clear blue skies, with an air temperature of 20 degrees and the track at 36. All drivers were well aware that it wouldn’t be an easy session, as the Mexican track is always very slippery on Fridays.
Carlos focused his attention on the ultrasoft tyre, which was the one and only compound he used throughout the 90 minutes of the session, just as his teammate. The Spaniard completed two installation laps with some sensors of his car, prior to embarking himself on an 8-lap stint in which he set a fastest time of 1:20.976, enough to move up to P10.
Drivers struggled with graining and had to work their way around it, and so had Carlos. He picked his second set of tyres past the halfway point of the session. After four laps, he returned to the pits because the track was red flagged after an incident from Alfonso Celis. Carlos had improved to 1:19.877 by then. In the end, he completed another 9 laps and set a 1:19.554.
Coming up next in the Mexico GP will be the second Free Practice session, which will begin at 14:00 local time (21:00 Spanish time). As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.