He ran on the soft and supersoft tyres ahead of Qualifying
Sepang, September 30th 2017.- Carlos Sainz finished fifteenth in the third practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix, the prologue to this afternoon’s Qualifying. The Spaniard completed 22 laps in total and overcame his teammate by three tenths of a second.
Free Practice 3 was held under a cloudy sky, but still in dry conditions. Weather forecasts suggested a high risk of rain, but it didn’t come true. Temperatures were warmer than in Friday, with the air at 33ºC and the track at 49ºC.
For Carlos, this session was especially important to gain confidence in his Toro Rosso STR12 after his absence in the first practice and the reliability issues experienced in the second one. The Spaniard ran without any major issues in his preparations for Qualifying.
The driver of Scuderia Toro Rosso began with a seven-lap stint on soft tyres, on which he set a 1:34.038 lap. After a short visit to the pits, he performed a nine-lap run on the same set of Pirelli P Zero to prepare for Sunday’s race.
In the final 10 minutes, Carlos picked-up the supersoft compound for his Qualifying run. He clocked five laps on it, with a personal best of 1’33”924. He was two tenths faster than in Friday and three tenths faster than his teammate.
The Malaysia GP will continue this afternoon at 17:00 local time, 11:00 Spanish time, with the Qualifying session. We will keep you updated on everything related to Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.