May 8, 2015

Carlos Sainz fifth and ninth in free practice of the Spanish Grand Prix

Good day for Spanish driver, who has managed to enter the top 10 in the two free practice sessions

Carlos Sainz: "It was a positive day for us. We immediately saw that the car was adapting well to this tricky track and this made me feel confident straight away. This afternoon's FP2 was a bit more difficult for me because we struggled a bit and still need to fine-tune a few things, but we know what we have to do to be ready for tomorrow. It's amazing to drive out and see so many Spanish fans cheering me on here in Barcelona. It's great to be racing at home and I look forward to the rest of the weekend."

Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer): "Overall today has been quite a good day in terms of what we've covered with our programme. We had some new parts, a couple of aero tests to do as well as some aero characterisation and that all went well today in FP1. In terms of coming to a race event, this is a track that both drivers know quite well, which meant they both got up to speed pretty quickly. It's nice to see that, because of this, we can take a different approach to the race weekend. Both drivers did a very good job today, driving really well and providing us with valuable feedback. Unfortunately there are a few things we still need to correct on Carlos' car for tomorrow, but apart from that, it's been an interesting day. Here you have a decent temperature shift from FP1 to FP2, so you get to know if your car is good in cooler track temperatures and hotter ones and today we seem okay in both conditions. So overall, a pretty positive day! As normal, there's still a lot of homework to do tonight to try and put all the little bits of learning that we've done today together and make a good set-up for both drivers."

CLASIFICATION

Free Practice 1
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.828s - 28
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.898s 0.070s 27
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m27.806s 0.978s 21
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.832s 1.004s 16
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.132s 1.304s 27
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.529s 1.701s 23
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m28.785s 1.957s 7
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m28.831s 2.003s 21
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m29.075s 2.247s 9
10 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m29.140s 2.312s 14
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m29.409s 2.581s 20
12 Raffaele Marciello Sauber/Ferrari 1m29.630s 2.802s 15
13 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m29.676s 2.848s 21
14 Susie Wolff Williams/Mercedes 1m29.708s 2.880s 22
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m29.813s 2.985s 22
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m29.817s 2.989s 22
17 Sergio Pérez Force India/Mercedes 1m30.096s 3.268s 19
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m30.110s 3.282s 7
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m32.471s 5.643s 22
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m32.647s 5.819s 20

Free Practice 2
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.852s - 26
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m27.260s 0.408s 37
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m27.616s 0.764s 35
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.780s 0.928s 36
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m27.943s 1.091s 25
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.017s 1.165s 32
7 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m28.494s 1.642s 31
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m28.525s 1.673s 39
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.674s 1.822s 31
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m28.712s 1.860s 36
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m28.723s 1.871s 28
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m29.086s 2.234s 14
13 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m29.098s 2.246s 4
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m29.217s 2.365s 34
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m29.333s 2.481s 37
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m29.361s 2.509s 34
17 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m29.601s 2.749s 38
18 Sergio Pérez Force India/Mercedes 1m29.707s 2.855s 35
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m31.929s 5.077s 30
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m32.751s 5.899s 23