The Spaniard expects an improvement in the track-conditions in the upcoming days
Mexico City, October 27th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished eleventh in the two Free Practice sessions held today at the Mexico GP. The Spaniard of Renault Sport F1 Team completed 54 laps in total around the Autodromos Hermanos Rodriguez -24 in the morning, 30 in the afternoon-, which represent more than 232 kilometres. He didn’t have any major technical issues. The track conditions he found himself in were very different to the ones he experiences a week ago in Austin.
The lack of grip was a common concern during the afternoon session, just as it was during the morning one. Drivers pushed the boundaries and tried to avoid overheating their tyres, despite the high track-temperatures (45ºC). Carlos worked on the supersoft compound, after using the ultrasoft in Free Practice 1.
Carlos left the garage at 14:15 and embarked himself on a 7-lap run. After a 10-minute stay in the pits, he reappeared for a 6-lap stint in which he set his fastest lap of the day,
Carlos left the garage at 14:15 and embarked himself on a 7-lap run. After a 10-minute stay in the pits, he reappeared for 6-lap stint in which he set his fastest lap of the day, five tenths of a second faster than in the morning.
20 minutes later, Carlos picked-up another brand-new set of supersoft for a race simulation. He performed a 10-lap stint, his longest of the day, and finalized the session with a 6-lap run.
Carlos gave his views on the day after the chequered flag.
“It’s the third time we visit Mexico, but it is a place that always surprises you. The track was very slippery all-day long. It looks like this afternoon the grip was even lower. We didn’t have any major issues and we’ve been able to gather a lot of useful data. Our engineers will go through it tonight. I didn't feel really confident in the car in Free Practice 2, so I think we have a big margin for improvement. We will work together to reach Q3 in tomorrow’s Qualifying”, he said.
The Mexico GP will continue tomorrow with the third and final Free Practice session, at 10:00 local time (17:00 Spanish time), prologue to the Qualifying which will get underway at 13:00 local time (20:00). As always, we will keep you updated on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.